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Speak Out Hummingbirds

Speak Out Hummingbirds

  • Introductory Program
  • 3 Days
  • Years 5 - 7

An introductory workshop for students looking for exposure to the exciting world of public speaking and debating - a great way to ease students in and provides a solid foundation to build upon.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • An in-depth introduction into the world of public speaking, emphasising audience relationships and engaging speaking styles.

  • Understand the basic concepts of 'policy' debates, with a particular focus on cases, point structure and rebuttal.

  • Develop as speakers through a range of public speaking and debating speeches and receive plenty of feedback.

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Location Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Canterbury
Dates

1st July

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Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$360

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Location Online Program
Dates

8th July

9th July

10th July

Time

9:30AM - 1:30PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$230

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Location The Shore School, North Sydney
Dates

8th July

9th July

10th July

Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$360

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Location The King's School, North Parramatta
Dates

10th July

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Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$360

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Location Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood
Dates

15th July

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Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$360

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Location Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga
Dates

17th July

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Time

9:15AM - 3:15PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$360

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Course Overview

Bookings are open for the July school holidays! 

Formerly Public Speaking Honeyeaters and Debating Hummingbirds

 

Public speaking and debating can often feel scary – but that doesn’t need to be the case.

This workshop aims to help students in middle school change the narrative in their minds, and turn public speaking and debating from a source of fear into something they genuinely enjoy.

Starting with public speaking on the first day, students are exposed to essential concepts such as their relationship with the audience, different speech structures and the importance of speaking manner in getting listeners onside. This is then built upon with debating on the second day, focusing on each of the three fundamental debating skills – cases, argumentation and rebuttal – through the lens of the different speaker roles. Students then wrap up on the final day with various opportunities to put everything they’ve learned together!

Tied in with all this content will be opportunities for students to present each and every session to ensure that they’re putting all of their skills into practice.

By giving students a head start on their speech writing and communication skills in a nurturing environment, this course lays strong foundations by assisting students to develop an understanding of speech preparation alongside a confident and engaging speaking manner.

Like all our programs, we maintain small class sizes to give students plenty of opportunities to hone their skills and receive personalised feedback from our skilled and passionate coaches.

 

More Information

Our Speak Out Hummingbirds workshop is an introductory level program.

It is designed for two types of students:

Importantly, our Speak Out Hummingbirds program is perfect for shy and confident students alike!

If your child has some public speaking experience and you’re not sure whether the introductory Speak Out Hummingbirds or the more experienced Public Speaking Polar Bears, Debating Hawks or Practice Debates programs would be more appropriate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can talk through your circumstances!

Check out our video on what to expect at our in-person holiday workshops below!

Over the course of the workshop, students will be:

  • exposed to techniques that help build confidence and overcome fears, particularly by changing the narrative around public speaking and debating more generally;
  • introduced to the key components for preparing both public speaking and debating presentations, with a focus on both developing ideas (matter) and structuring them into persuasive speeches (method);
  • shown a range of techniques to better engage their audience (manner); and
  • given various opportunities to present both impromptu and prepared speeches to the class.

Connecting with Audiences

The start of the workshop focuses on both creating a supportive and welcoming class environment, as well as the connection that exists between speakers and their audience.  Students will consider the importance of keeping audiences at the forefront when preparing speeches, and strategies that they can use to help engage them more effectively.

 

Developing Speech Ideas into Presentations

As students progress, the focus will shift towards brainstorming ideas that they can craft into speeches.  This involves developing opinions on a range of concepts, which students are then shown how to craft into presentations using a range of different speech structures.

 

Exploring Essential Debating Skills

Students will cover the three core debating skills of cases, argumentation and rebuttal, taking on each through the lens of first, second and third speakers respectively.

At each step of the way, students will be given multiple opportunities to adapt what they’ve learned into debating-style speeches, so that they can see in real-time how debating functions and get a deeper understanding of the format.

 

Tying Things Together

On the final day, students will be given the opportunity to pull what they’ve learned together into both a full-scale debate and a formal presentation. These are great opportunities for students to present to a more formal audience, which not only helps them develop their confidence but also represents an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned to their peers.

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Speak Out Hummingbirds class is 10 students with one coach, and 16 students with two coaches.

If all spots are taken, it’s likely due to full capacity. Please reach out to us, and we’ll explore options like opening another class, accommodating your child in the current one, or adding you to a waitlist in case of any cancellations.

After the workshop, students will get to keep:

  • a digital personal feedback sheet prepared by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a certificate recognising their achievement of completing Speak Out Hummingbirds;
  • a booklet that includes all the concepts they’ve covered over the course of the program, as well as any notes that they’ve taken;
  • a completed public speaking presentation and debating speech, which they deliver to their peers on the final day; and
  • hopefully a changed narrative in their mind, where public speaking and debating are things to enjoy rather than fear!

As an introductory program, our Speak Out Hummingbirds class is designed to be completed once, and it remains the same every holiday.

Once completed, it’s recommended that students:

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch using our contact form to learn more!

Course Reviews

Your distinctive approach of infusing fun and energy into a rigorous and technically disciplined programme is excellent - and works. It is challenging to fully engage school aged children to be excited and energised over three full school holiday days...yet you did it so well.

Our son loved all three days and came away with lots of stories and much more confidence. What really matters for him is being in a safe environment to experiment and learn and to feel truly supported as he builds his capabilities. Thanks for investing so much attention to this. We will be back next holidays!

Debating Hummingbirds
Jacqueline, Parent Debating Hummingbirds

The coach was very friendly and enagaged kids extremely well throughout the program. My child loved the interaction and the way the course was broken down into games and activities.

I feel there has been a great improvement in my child's confidence within few days and I would look forward to enrol her in ongoing programs through this online platform. Infact the biggest postive for me as a full time working parent is that I would have never been able to send my kid to this program if I had to physically drive her to the venue every single day so this online program was a blessing in disguise.

I would continue to enrol my children in the future online holiday programs.

Public Speaking Honeyeaters
Amandeep, Parent Public Speaking Honeyeaters
  • According to 200+ Honeyeaters and Hummingbirds students surveyed in 2023...

  • 97%

    had fun!

  • 93%

    felt more confident!

  • 94%

    improved their speaking manner!

  • 97%

    felt more comfortable crafting arguments!

  • 93%

    could better structure their speeches!

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