Speaking Camp Kangaroos

  • Experienced
  • Days
  • Years 3 - 4

This two day course for more 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.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
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

This program will be running both in-person and online in January Holidays!

Please register your interest here if you’re interested in joining – bookings will open in mid-November 2020!


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 two day program 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.

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.

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.

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 – particularly given that it has a parent presentation element that the 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!

Over the course of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to:

  • understand what information to include and exclude from informative speeches;
  • take a more critical approach to other perspectives that they explain to audiences; and
  • have the opportunity to practice these newfound concepts in a supportive and welcoming online environment.

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.


Report Structure

As students progress, they will spend time 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.


Critical Perspectives

On the second 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.


Final Presentations

On the afternoon of the last day, students will put these skills together to finalise and give their final presentations to the class. This is a great opportunity for students to present to a a more formal 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 holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Kangaroos class is 8 students per 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 Speaking Camp Kangaroos workshop;
  • a workbook containing any notes that the students wrote down during the course; and
  • a more refined understanding of how they can apply their speaking skills in day to day life!


If you’re interested in doing another holiday program, we would recommend that students give our Speaking Camp Kangaroos program another go.  As mentioned above, the program has a wide range of different focuses, meaning that no two programs are the same – students are even able to do it multiple times over the same holiday!

Alternatively, if you’re keen on a weekly term program, we would recommend either our Public Speaking Wallabies program, or our Debating Wallabies program.  Both programs go much further in depth on persuasive speeches and value debates respectively, and are the perfect way to ensure that students retain and build upon what they’ve learned over the holiday period!

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! :)

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.

Songhwa, Parent Speaking Camp Kangaroos
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