9:15AM - 3:15PM
This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop different specific skills relating to public speaking.
Over the July holidays, the focus will be on Mock Trial.
Provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in a novel public speaking setting.
Expose students to more advanced theory sessions that focus on a specific public speaking concept.
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their speaking skills and receive feedback.
Bookings for our Winter Workshops are now OPEN!
The world of public speaking is vast – we all speak to audiences in a range of different circumstances, from a chat in the playground to school assemblies to workplace meetings. Every presentation, impromptu or prepared, requires a wide range of different skills. Our Public Speaking Hawks program seeks to help students close those gaps and flourish in their own way.
This program changes every holiday, allowing students to practice and develop a much wider range of public speaking skills – our focuses are:
Whilst it’s recommended that students give each of these focuses a try, there is no particular need to start with any of them, meaning students are welcome to join at any time!
As with all our programs, we make sure that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual, and that all the activities are lots of fun for all students! This is the perfect course for anyone looking to develop their speaking skills in a novel and exciting context!
Over the Winter break, we will be offering a two-day course that introduces students to the legal world through Mock Trials!
The modern courtroom, with its barristers, objections and evidence, is somewhat of an enigma to the average school student – despite the fact it makes up one of the three branches of the Australian Government. Our Mock Trial workshop seeks to dispel the myths perpetuated by the Boston Legal type shows, and show students what it is really like to practice as a lawyer in an Australian courtroom, all the while providing students with the opportunity to role-play the different characters that are necessary to keep the justice system running.
This workshop gives students the opportunity to take on a range of roles in a mock courtroom and teaches them public speaking from a new and novel perspective!
Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority. This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.
We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely. This is for three reasons:
We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.
Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the three elements are:
Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.
Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!
Our Public Speaking Hawks workshop is an experienced level program.
Designed for students with at least some formal coaching in public speaking, we recommend that students only enrol if:
Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a debating program, or participating in a debating program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop – they would likely be better off giving our Public Speaking Hummingbirds program a try.
If you have any questions about which program would best suit your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so we can help out!
During the Mock Trial program, students will:
We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Public Speaking Hummingbirds program. Students are then taken through discussions of the legal system generally, which leads to further conversations about how courtrooms operate. With a more thorough understanding under their belt, students finish up the day by looking into the mock trial they’ll present the following day.
Importantly, the day isn’t just focussed on theory – there are plenty of activities to help break things up, apply their knowledge and keep things fun!
The second day places the focus clearly on preparing and presenting a mock trial. Students are given plenty of time to prepare with coach assistance, and have the opportunity to do a complete Mock Trial with their coach presiding. The program then finishes up with a range of activities to help consolidate students’ understanding of the legal system!
Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Hawks class is 8 students with one coach.
If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!
After each program, students will go home with:
If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students move onto either:
Alternatively, if you’re keen on a weekly term program, we would recommend our Debating Parrots program. This program goes into more depth on policy debates – a very different skill to public speaking – and will help students further flourish as speakers!
It was very enjoyable and encouraging for kids to learn public speaking and the Australian legal system.
The topics were very good, and they taught it well.
The kids loved it!! The teacher was fantastic!
After our Summer 2021 programs...
of Public Speaking Hawks students had fun!
of Public Speaking Hawks students felt their confidence improved.
of Public Speaking Hawks students believed their manner improved.
of Public Speaking Hawks students wanted to come back next time!