9:30AM - 1:00PM
This four day workshop for experienced speakers enables students to apply their speaking skills in a variety of novel situations, allowing them to develop their confidence, critical thinking and resilience further.
This program is recommended for experienced students only.
Provide mid-primary students with new public speaking experiences.
Introduce students to new perspectives on public speaking.
Provide students with various opportunities to practice their skills and receive individualised feedback.
Whilst some people spend their lives trying to avoid public speaking, they often try in vain – it is an integral skill necessary in almost all aspects of life. This four day workshop – with two sessions each day – is designed to both help students understand where it may come up in their future, and embrace it when it does.
Based on the fundamentals covered in the Speaking Camp Koalas program, the Kangaroos program changes every holiday, targeting a new speaking skill every workshop to help students further improve their self-confidence.
Placing a focus on experiential learning, we make sure that every class is small in size and taught by one of our experienced coaches. Maintaining safe and welcoming environments – where students feel confident in their ability to present and receive individual feedback – is at the core of everything we do.
As with all our online programs, class sizes are kept small (a maximum of 8) so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback from our experienced coaches.
Generally, there are three purposes of presenting to audiences – to persuade, to entertain, and to inform.
Whilst most great speeches have elements of all three, it is important to consider each purpose individually to ensure a holistic understanding all three. Given students already cover the fundamentals of persuasive speeches in our Speaking Camp Koalas and Public Speaking Wallabies programs, it is fitting that students are given a more complete understanding of informative speeches as well.
For this holiday program, students dive deep into the world of informative speeches in the form of news reports. Through learning what to include and exclude, and how to take a critical mind to the information they want to relay, students focus not on persuading a change of action, but to just let their audiences know their perspective on what has happened – to inform.
We genuinely believe that whilst our online programs look and feel a little different, they are just as effective in helping students develop their speaking abilities.
Unlike most providers, we run all our online programs live in small classes – nothing is pre-recorded, and everything happens in real time. This means that coaches are able to adapt their teaching style to the class that they actually have, leading to the best possible learning outcomes for students.
Students are also given just as many opportunities to practice in front of an audience – whilst not physically present, students can still see all their peers’ faces on the computer screen, providing them with an audience that feels (and is) very real. This means that students are still able to apply the theory they learn, develop their confidence, and crucially receive indvidualised feedback in real time.
All of our online holiday workshops run for eight sessions over four days, with each session being 1.5 hours long, and a good half hour break between the two sessions.
So, for example, if the program was scheduled for 9:30am to 1:00pm each day, the first session that day would be from 9:30am to 11:00am, with a half an hour break before the second session between 11:30am and 1:00pm.
Students won’t be starting at the screen all day either – they will get a short break in the middle of each session, and will be encouraged to prepare their practice speeches (at least one every session) on paper, as they would in a physical classroom setting.
There are two groups of students who would benefit from our Speaking Camp Kangaroos program.
The first group are those who have previous formal coaching in public speaking. This may be from one of our programs – perhaps our Koalas holiday program, or our Public Speaking Wallabies, Debating Wallabies or Debating Wombats weekly term programs – from another provider, or potentially through their school. The Speaking Camp Kangaroos program also changes from holiday to holiday, so students are more than welcome (and even encouraged) to give it a couple of tries. If you’re not sure whether your child has enough experience, please get in touch and we can chat about your circumstances.
The second group is for students who have a little experience, but are naturally more confident and would be able to hold their own with other, more experienced students. Whilst we would still recommend that these students still give our Speaking Camp Koalas program a try first, but also understand that things don’t always line up. Given this, we often enrol a few students without much experience. If you think your child may fall into this category, please reach out and we can discuss it with you!
Over the course of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to:
Revision & Fundamentals
The first day is designed to help students get to know one another, and feel comfortable in the online classroom setting. Alongside a range of fun speaking activities and some revision, students will take a look at the fundamentals of informative speeches in the form of news reports, including what information to include and exclude from these types of presentations.
As students progress, they will spend the second day looking into firstly how to structure their informative speeches, before considering how alternate perspectives on their chosen topic might be incorporated into their presentation. Students will also be given the opportunity to put this into practice.
On the third day, students will take a more critical perspective to their reports, looking firstly at how cause and effect can impact the way they report on a event, and then taking a critical appraisal of the choices and actions taken by the people who appear in their report. As with all sessions, these lessons will be interdispersed with a range of different activities.
On the fourth day, students will put these skills together to finalise and give their final presentations to the class, and parents are invited to sit in and watch. This is a great opportunity for students to present to a fuller audience, which not only helps them develop their confidence, but also represents an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.
Our classes vary in size every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Kangaroos Online class is around eight 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!
By the end of the workshop, students will have:
What I noticed is they loved the program and came home very excited and willing to go back the next day! That's a great achievement for children that didn't want to attend the program in the first place! Personally I think they would have benefitted from the program more than they would be able to articulate! Thank you for providing a very positive program. I hope to enrol them in more of your programs in the future.
My son enjoyed being in the class and he loved it much more than his regular vacation care. Thank you!
After our Online April 2020 Holiday Programs...
Year 3 - 4 students who had fun96%
Year 3 - 4 students who felt their confidence improved91%
Year 3 - 4 students who believed their manner improved91%
Year 3 - 4 students who want to come back next time100%