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Public Speaking Hawks

  • Experienced
  • 2 Days
  • Years 5 - 6

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.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • 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.

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Location The King's School, Parramatta
Dates

1st July

2nd July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

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Location Southern Cross College, Burwood
Dates

8th July

9th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

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Location Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills
Dates

8th July

9th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

Course Overview

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:

  • Summer Holidays – Academic English Speeches;
  • Autumn Holidays – Impromptu Speeches;
  • Winter Holidays – Mock Trials; and
  • Spring Holidays – Speaking Manner.

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:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Local transmission rates are currently low, and the Government is acting very cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, as are any known close contacts, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

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:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using temperature checks and coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance, and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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:

  • they have completed our Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday program (or have previously done the Public Speaking Hawks program, and want to try one of the other focuses);
  • they have attended at least one of our Public Speaking term programs, such as our Public Speaking Wallabies or Public Speaking Parrots weekly programs;
  • they’ve received extensive training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive public speaking program (that they have completed).

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:

  • be shown elements of the Australian legal system, with a particular focus on the justice system;
  • learn what the different roles are in the court room, and how they interact; and
  • have the opportunity to take on those roles and participate in a mock trial of their own.

Day #1

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!

 

Day #2

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:

  • a feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which outlines what they’ve improved on during the course, and what they could continue to work on in the future;
  • a certificate recognising that they have completed the Public Speaking Hawks workshop;
  • a completed coursebook that contains all of the theory they’ve covered, as well as any notes that they’ve taken; and
  • a much better understanding of a specific skill associated with public speaking!

If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students move onto either:

  • our Debating Hummingbirds program, which covers the fundamentals of debating – a very different presentation style to public speaking; or
  • doing our Public Speaking Hawks program again – the program changes every holiday (you can find the schedule above), so students will learn something new every time that they do it!

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!

Course Reviews

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.

Aman, Parent Public Speaking Hawks

The kids loved it!! The teacher was fantastic!

Lucy-Ellen, Parent Public Speaking Hawks
  • After our Summer 2021 programs...

  • 100%

    of Public Speaking Hawks students had fun!

  • 93%

    of Public Speaking Hawks students felt their confidence improved.

  • 93%

    of Public Speaking Hawks students believed their manner improved.

  • 100%

    of Public Speaking Hawks students wanted to come back next time!