9:30AM - 1:00PM
This workshop, which changes every holiday, helps students develop different specific skills relating to public speaking.
Over the September holidays, the focus will be on Speaking Manner.
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 Online Spring Workshops 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!
If you’re interested in learning more about how our online programs work, please check out the below video!
Over the Spring holidays, we are offering a workshop for experienced students that aims to build their presentation styles and teaches them the art of convincing an audience through Speaking Manner!
Beyond the words we say much of the persuasiveness of any presentation comes from the way it is presented. We all have been put in awe of an elegant speaker who draws us in through their manner even more so than their words. Having students hone their manner and develop their own personal style of presentations is a powerful tool for building confidence and helping students feel comfortable in all speaking environments. Allowing for them to thrive across so many situations.
This workshop gives students the opportunities to try out a range of manner techniques and to hone their own presentation style. Giving them a fresh perspective on public speaking encouraging them to try new things in a welcoming environment!
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!
Over the Speaking Manner program, students will:
Revision of Fundamental Concepts
The program starts with a succinct (but important) revision of the essential concepts covered in our beginner level programs, including audience engagement and speech structure. This helps set students up for the rest of the program, and ensures that everyone starts on a similar level.
Students are taken through a range of different speech structures, each with their own advantages, with the view of getting students to think about engaging ways they might be able to deliver a presentation without worrying too much about their manner. Students are then given the opportunity to prepare a speech that will form the basis of their manner practice to come.
Physical + Verbal Manner
The bulk of the program relates to both physical manner (such as stance, eye contact and gestures) and verbal manner (such as tone, pace and clarity). Students participate in a range of activities relating to both concepts, covering not only how they make speeches more engaging, but how they might be able to implement them in practice.
Throughout this process, students are invited multiple times to go back to their original speech, so they are able to apply these newfound skills and build it into an even more interesting presentation!
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!