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Presentation Skills Tabby Cats

  • Beginner Students Only
  • 2 - 3 Days
  • Years 1 - 2

A practical and hands-on workshop that looks to provide students with a basic but important introduction to presentation skills, and focuses on forming good speaking habits rather than teaching abstract theory.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide early primary students with their first public speaking experiences.

  • Utilise activities that feel like games to help students feel comfortable.

  • Put an emphasis on habits over theory, noting students lack abstract thought.

  • Help students develop a love for presenting in front of audiences.

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Location Online Program
Dates

4th July

5th July

6th July

Time

9:30AM - 1:30PM

Length

3 Days

Price

$195

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Location The King's School, Parramatta
Dates

4th July

5th July

Time

8:45AM - 2:45PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

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Location The Shore School, North Sydney
Dates

7th July

8th July

Time

8:45AM - 2:45PM

Length

2 Days

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Location Southern Cross College, Burwood
Dates

11th July

12th July

Time

8:45AM - 2:45PM

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Location Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga
Dates

14th July

15th July

Time

8:45AM - 2:45PM

Length

2 Days

Price

$240

Course Overview

Winter Workshop Bookings are NOW OPEN!

 

This fun and interactive program is designed to equip students with the tools they need to present to any audience.  Recognising that students in this age group have not yet developed abstract thought, the program places emphasis on experiential learning – using activities and games to help students build their confidence and form positive speaking habits.

The program itself runs both in-person and online – you can find out more details about how each function below!

In order to help all our students flourish, we make sure that classes are kept small, that the classroom environment is welcoming to students of all abilities, and that every student is given plenty of opportunities to practice and develop their own voice.

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 8:45am and 2:45pm 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 online programs work or what a day in the life of our in-person workshops looks like, please check out the videos below!

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:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Despite high vaccination levels, the Government is still acting cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

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:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance themselves and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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 Presentation Skills Tabby Cats workshop is a beginner level program.

In recognition of the importance of learning presentation skills from a young age, it has (since 2012) formed an important part of the Stage #1 (Year 1 – 2) syllabus for NSW schools.  Given this, even younger students are no longer able to escape the obligation to speak in public.

Given this, Presentation Skills Tabby Cats is designed as a program for students – confident and shy alike – who do not have formal public speaking training.  We all have to speak to audiences at multiple points throughout our lives, but we’re of the firm belief that not only is everyone capable of doing this, but that everyone is capable of enjoying it too.

If your child already has public speaking experience (including through one of our term programs, such as Presentation Skills Leopards), they may be better off in our Presentation Skills Tigers group – get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss which workshop would be better for you!

After completing the Presentation Skills Tabby Cats workshop, students should:

  • have participated in several activities and games in a nurturing class environment that help break down the stigma that public speaking is scary;
  • understand the basic elements of a speech, including the three M’s and simple speech structure; and
  • have been given multiple opportunities to present to their class each day.

Connecting with Audiences

The beginning of the first day is designed to help students get to know one another, and feel comfortable in the online classroom setting.  Amongst various speaking activities, students will be exposed to the concept of an audience, and come to understand that speeches are about finding a connection between their own interests and their audience.

 

Structuring Speeches

As students progress, they will look more closely at speech structure as a whole, focusing on the unique roles of an introduction, body and conclusion in crafting a persuasive speech, and how each can help persuade their audience.  They will also spend time looking at their own personal speaking manner, and have plenty of opportunities to present speeches to the rest of the class, allowing them to receive personalised feedback and improve their speaking skills.

 

Forming Persuasive Speeches

As the workshop proceeds, students will start crafting complete speeches, with a particular focus on speech bodies and elaborating on their points.  Students will also learn handy scaffolds for introductions and conclusions, which give them all the elements they need to put together a complete speech.

Students will also continue to be exposed to various manner and other speaking activities, including a number that masquerade as games to help them have fun whilst presenting!

Our classes vary in size every holiday depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Presentation Skills Tabby Cats class is 8 students with one coach, and 16 students with two coaches.

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 get to keep:

  • a 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 achievements at the workshop;
  • a booklet that they’ve completed, which contains the essential concepts covered during the workshop; and
  • hopefully a more positive perspective on public speaking!

We have a great Kindy program available for all students who aren’t yet in Year 1 – check out our Speaking Skills Bumblebees workshop to learn more!

We strongly recommend waiting until Year 1 before enrolling in our Tabby Cats or Tigers holiday programs, or our Leopards and Lions term programs – all our Year 1 – 2 programs require students to be able to write at least simple sentences, as well as read their own handwriting and instructions on the board, which most Kindergarten students are unfortunately not able to do.  This may well lead to those students feeling inferior to the rest of the class, creating new fears around public speaking – the exact opposite of what we hope to achieve.

If you think that your child has sufficient reading and writing skills, we would be more than happy to talk it through with you – alternatively, we would also be more than happy to add you to our email list (see below) so we can let you know when bookings open when your child is old enough to join!

Course Reviews

Location was great and the girls were both keen to come back on the second day. They both said that they enjoyed it and learnt some new skills. They also liked their instructors.

I think that the course is excellent, and the guide/workbook provided to the kids was well put together. Certainly able to refer back to it again in future.

Jenny, Parent Presentation Skills Tabby Cats

My son enjoyed the holiday program and was very excited each morning to start the lesson. It has helped him build confidence in presenting and has definitely learnt new skills.

I am very impressed in the course and will continue to enrol in the term programs.

Rachel, Parent Presentation Skills Tabby Cats - Online
  • After our Online Winter Workshops in July 2021...

  • 98%

    of Tabby Cats students had fun!

  • 97%

    of Tabby Cats students felt their confidence improved.

  • 96%

    of Tabby Cats students believed their manner improved.

  • 86%

    of Tabby Cats students wanted to come back next time!