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, such as improving their speaking manner, or developing their ability as an impromptu speaker.

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

9th January

10th January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


2 Days



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Location The Shore School, North Sydney

13th January

14th January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


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Location Southern Cross College, Burwood

21st January

22nd January


9:00AM - 3:00PM


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-33.78610778578602, 151.02541012191773,The King’s School, Parramatta
-33.84063534994835, 151.20553655052186,The Shore School, North Sydney
-33.871810162845556, 151.1030654373169,Southern Cross College, Burwood

Course Overview

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. Each break involves a different focus, from textual analysis to mock trials, where students will delve deep over the course of the two days, and emerge with a substantially better understanding of that concept (and public speaking more generally).

Over the Summer holiday period we will be providing a two day program that focuses on how to prepare speeches that analyse English texts.

Under the current English syllabus in NSW, the development of strong public speaking and presentation skills both feature as key objectives for every stage.  However, as students grow up, the nature of those presentations change – starting with storytelling, continuing onto persuasive speeches (which are the focus of our Public Speaking Hummingbirds course), and finally towards textual analysis speeches, which involve the interpretation and analysis of various types of text in English classes.

This program provides an introduction on how to go about preparing and presenting textual analysis speeches, starting with simple texts and then moving onto more complex ones.  As with all our programs, students will also get a wide range of opportunities to practice and receive feedback to help them develop into more confident public speakers!

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, including our Wallabies or Parrot public speaking courses;
  • they’ve received extensive training with another provider; or
  • they attend a school with a comprehensive public speaking program, which 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!

At the conclusion of this program, students should:

  • understand what techniques are, and how they are used by authors to create meaning;
  • have had the opportunity to discern their own opinion about a number of different texts they are presented as part of the course; and
  • have been given various chances to present to the group and receive individualised feedback, including a major prepared speech on the second day.

Day #1

The first day starts with a revision of the fundamental concepts covered in the Public Speaking Hummingbirds program, before looking into the concepts underpinning textual interpretation, with a particular focus on how to find meaning in different textual techniques.  The day also involves a range of different impromptu speaking activities to help students better understand storytelling as a concept.


Day #2

The second day continues on a similar theme, applying the theory from the first day to practical examples, and helping students craft their ideas into a these and ultimately a complete prepared speech (which they present to their peers).  Students also have a number of further opportunities to present impromptu speeches to the group to help them work on their manner over the course of the day.

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 course book 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 holidays, 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 either our Debating Parrots program.  This program goes into more depth on policy debates, 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