Speaking Camp Kangaroos

Speaking Camp Kangaroos

  • Mixed Experience
  • Days
  • Years 3 - 4

This workshop for mixed experience speakers enables students to apply their skills in a variety of novel situations, allowing them to develop their confidence, critical thinking and resilience even further.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide mid-primary students with new public speaking experiences.

  • Introduce students to new perspectives on public speaking and debating.

  • Provide students with various opportunities to practice their skills and receive individualised feedback.

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Course Overview

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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 workshop 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 workshop seeks to help students further develop their public speaking skills and improve their self-confidence.  Placing student-centred learning at its heart, our Kangaroos program changes from holiday to holiday – targeting a new speaking skill every workshop to help students further improve their self-confidence.

In particular, students cover the following in each holiday break:

  • Expressing Yourself in the January Holidays;
  • presenting Informative Speeches in the April Holidays; and
  • how to best engage in Persuading Audiences in the July Holidays;
  • Sharing Stories in the September Holidays.

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.

The most common reasons we present to audiences is so that they can be convinced to do something differently, entertained by your performance or informed about something they didn’t already know.

Over the April holidays, we’ll be taking a deep-dive into the third of these purposes through the lens of Informative Speeches – what do we want to achieve through an informative presentation? What should we include in our speech? How do we tailor our presentations when we want to inform our audiences about different things?

Each of these questions and more is answered in this highly engaging and activity-based program, perfect for students with some experience who would like to develop their speaking skills even further!

During the upcoming holidays, we will be offering many of our workshops both in-person and online.

For the most part, there is very little that separates our online and physical programs – both are interactive, cover the same theoretical concepts, and give students a range of opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Whilst some activities are different between the two, as some activities lend themselves better to physical or online classes, the actual learning outcomes remain the same for both classes.

Importantly, the timing of each workshop does differ:

  • Our in-person workshop runs between 9:00am and 3:00pm over two days;
  • Our online program runs between 9:30am and 1:30pm over three days, with a half-hour break at 11:30am.

Notably, the difference in price between each isn’t an indication of the quality of the program, or how much students will get out of the experience – both get the same amount of attention and care, and we’ve found some students develop better in an online environment.  The deviation instead is simply a result of the higher costs (such as venue hire, administrative staff and sanitation) associated with running classes face-to-face.

If you’re interested in learning more about how our in-person programs work, please check out the video below!

Our Speaking Camp Kangaroos workshop is designed for mixed experience students.

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:

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 some 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 – particularly given that it has a parent presentation element that the in-person Kangaroos program lacks – we understand that dates and locations 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!

After completing the Informative Speeches workshop, students should:

  • understand the essentials of informative speeches;

  • have been exposed to a range of different explanatory and informative speech styles that come up in day-to-day life; and

  • have been given multiple opportunities to present to their class every session.

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.

Looking at Descriptive Speeches

After going through the basics, the next couple of sessions look at simple descriptive speeches, and how students can make them more engaging – both by using more interesting language, and by making them flow in a logical manner. Students will also participate in a range of activities that help them put these skills into practice.

Developing Informative Presentations

The remainder of the program takes students through a range of different informative speeches, starting out with news reports before continuing onto documentary-style speeches and creating, explaining & implementing clear game instructions. Each of these sessions includes multiple chances to practice, allowing students to apply what they’ve learned in a range of novel and exciting ways!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Kangaroos class is 9 students per coach, with a maximum class size of 16.

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 Speaking Camp Kangaroos workshop, students will have:

  • 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 Speaking Camp Kangaroos workshop;
  • a workbook containing the key concepts that students covered during the workshop; and
  • a more refined understanding of how they can apply their speaking skills in day to day life!
Course Reviews

My son received an award for a short speech he did returning back to school! Apparently his teacher said his speech and delivery of speech was excellent!

Thank you so much! Very happy with the outcome! Definitely would like for my son to return next holidays! :)

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Elijah, Parent Speaking Camp Kangaroos

My child attended holiday programs twice. He wants to come back continually. Public speaking class was very interesting and educational. He also got confidence. I believe that this special experience and opportunity motivate kids to learn through positive environments.

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Songhwa, Parent Speaking Camp Kangaroos
  • After our January 2023 Holiday Workshops...

  • 88%

    of Kangaroos students had fun!

  • 90%

    of Kangaroos students felt their confidence improved!

  • 93%

    of Kangaroos students believed their manner improved!

  • 81%

    of Kangaroos students want to come back next time!

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