Foundations of Debating (Years 7 – 9)


9:00am to 3:00pm

The King's School, Parramatta

13 - 15 January 2019


9:00am to 3:00pm

The Shore School, North Sydney

Not Running These Holidays


9:00am to 3:00pm

Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park

22 - 24 January 2019


Formerly Debating Pandas


Course Overview

This three-day foundational program is designed for students who are interested in learning how to debate at a high school level. It provides an overview of the basics of debating, and allows students to experience their first debates in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

Given both the small number of primary schools that offer debating programs and the increasing number of high schools that only allow a select few to enter their debating teams, this course offers students a head-start on their peers by introducing them to the necessary skills and strategies and providing them with a supportive environment in which to practice.

As with all of our programs, class sizes are kept small to ensure that students have ample opportunity to practice their skills and to receive regular individualised feedback from one of our experienced coaches.


Experience Levels

Our Foundations of Debating course is a beginner program for High School students.

It is designed for students with little (or even no) experience presenting in front of audiences, and is perfect for shy and confident students alike!

If your child has some speaking experience and you’re not sure whether the High School Foundations of Debating or Experienced Debating program is best for you, please get in touch and we’d be more than happy to discuss which is most appropriate for your child!


Main Objectives

Attending this program will help students:

  • understand the rules and roles involved in debating at a high school level;
  • develop key strategies to help them work as a team to prepare a case, brainstorm arguments and devise effective rebuttal; and
  • increase their confidence and speaking ability through a range of activities and practice debates.


Should I repeat the Foundations of Debating program?

If your child has already had a go at our Foundations of Debating course, they should join our Experienced Debating group – you can find more information about the Experienced Debating program here!


Can I do both the Public Speaking and Debating programs?

Students are more than welcome to undertake both the Foundations of Debating and Foundations of Public Speaking holiday programs.

Whilst students are able to develop their confidence and speaking skills participating in either, both are very different skills, and are taught in different ways. Please get in touch if you’re interested in learning more about the differences between public speaking and debating!


Do you accept Creative Kids Vouchers?

Yes! Click on the image below to learn how to redeem your $100 voucher.

Price : $300.00 $280.00

Repeatable : No

Length : 3 Days

Max Ratio : 8:1

Max Availability : 16

Time : 9:00am to 3:00pm

Difficulty : Beginner

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Afternoon Supervision

If you would prefer to collect your child or children after 3:00pm, please select the days on which you would like to provide supervision until 5:00pm. Please note that the below prices apply for one child only.

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