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 January holidays, the focus will be on Textual Analysis Speeches.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
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.

View Our Coaches

Registrations Close 21 January!

Location Southern Cross College, Burwood

20th January

21st January


9:15AM - 3:15PM


2 Days


$250 $240

Registrations Close 18 January!

Location Knox Grammar School

17th January

18th January


9:15AM - 3:15PM


2 Days


$250 $240

Registrations Close 14 January!

Location The King's School, Parramatta

13th January

14th January


9:15AM - 3:15PM


2 Days


$250 $240

Course Overview

Book quick for our January Workshops as our EARLY BIRD Discount ends this Sunday 28th of November!

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 – Textual Analysis 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 Summer holiday period, we will be providing an in-person, 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!

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. Despite high vaccination levels, the Government is still acting 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 four elements are:

  1. Vaccination – all of our onsite staff are fully vaccinated, so they pose a substantially reduced risk to our students;
  2. 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;
  3. 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
  4. 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!

After the Textual Analysis Speeches 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 several 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

We kick off the first day with some ice breakers, and then a revision of the concepts covered in the Public Speaking Hummingbirds program.  We then move onto the fundamental concepts underpinning textual analysis, focussing particularly on finding meaning in different techniques authors commonly use.  In addition, the day includes a range of different impromptu speeches that are aimed at helping students better understand how texts are formed and tell a story.


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 these and ultimately a complete prepared speech (which they present to their peers).  Students also have many further opportunities to participate in speaking activities to help them work on their manner and deepen their understanding of the workshop content 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 9 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!