School Holiday Programs

Safe. Fun. Educational. These are the three tiers that make up our core teaching philosophy, with our students at the centre of each.

Central to our teaching philosophy is that students learn by doing. We keep our classes small to ensure every student has their turn, and receives extensive personal feedback.

As our founders know, it can be hard to build the confidence to speak. We do our best to make sure every student is comfortable in their class to help them get over their fears.

The ability to speak in public is a lifelong skill. We do our best to ensure that each of our students learns something that they will carry with them for years to come.

Cats Holiday Programs (Ages 6 - 7)

Holiday programs for students just starting out in primary school with a focus on forming good habits for the years ahead.

Presentation Skills – Tabby Cats

$ 200/Student

  • An introductory holiday program that focuses on exposing students to basic presentation skills
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Presentation Skills – Tigers

$ 200/Student

  • A continuer program that changes from holiday to holiday which allows students to practice their presentation skills in a fun environment
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Experience recommended, but not necessary

Marsupials Holiday Programs (Ages 7 - 9)

Courses for students in mid-primary school looking to develop their speaking skills.

Speaking Camp – Koalas

$ 260/Student

  • A holiday program for beginners that introduces students to the fundamentals of both public speaking and debating
  • 3-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Speaking Camp – Kangaroos

$ 200/Student

  • A program that changes each holiday that provides students with the opportunity to apply their speaking skills in novel situations.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Experience recommended, but not necessary

Birds Holiday Programs (Ages 9 - 12)

Programs for late primary school students who are looking to develop their speaking skills.

Debating – Hummingbirds

$ 300/Student

  • Learn the basics of debating in a nurturing environment that is perfect for late-primary school students.
  • 3-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Debating –

Hawks

$ 240/Student

  • A holiday program for those with debating experience to hone their skills amongst other students.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Some experience required

Public Speaking – Hummingbirds

$ 240/Student

  • An introduction to the basics of public speaking which seeks to help students find their feet.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Public Speaking – Hawks

$ 240/Student

  • A program that changes every break that provides students with varied applications for their speaking skills.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Some public speaking experience recommended

High School Holiday Programs (Ages 12 - 15)

Holiday courses for students in early secondary school who are either interested in learning more about public speaking, or seeking to further develop their existing skills.

Foundations of

Debating

$ 300/Student

  • This holiday course provides the fundamental skills necessary to compete in high school debating competitions.
  • 3-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Experienced

Debating

$ 240/Student

  • A two day intensive for experienced debaters to learn advanced skills and techniques.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Some debating experience required

Foundations of

Public Speaking

$ 240/Student

  • A program that teaches students the foundational skills associated with public speaking.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • No experience required

Experienced

Public Speaking

$ 240/Student

  • A program that changes from holiday to holiday that provides students with a range of ways to apply their speaking skills.
  • 2-day course
  • Between 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Some public speaking experience recommended

Interested in coming along next holidays?

Leave your details, and we’ll let you know as soon as bookings open!

We run programs during every school holidays, usually spanning both weeks of the public school breaks (and the latter half of January over the Summer vacation).

All of our holiday programs are either 2 or 3 days long, and run between 9:00am and 3:00pm.  We are normally at the sign in desk by 8:30am, but ask that you pick your children up promptly at the end of the day.

 

If you are unable to pick up your child at 3:00pm, we also offer a supervision service until 5:00pm.  If you intend on using this service, please ensure that you include it when you book the relevant program.

We only hire experienced coaches who have a deep understanding of public speaking and/or debating.  Every coach has been handpicked for their knowledge of public speaking and/or debating, and carefully allocated to the programs that best suit their skills. Noting that our students’ safety is our highest priority, we ensure that every coach has a Working With Children Check done with the NSW Government (or equivalent).

 

You can find out more about our coaches on our Coaches webpage.

Our teaching philosophy has three tiers.

 

Firstly, the safety of the students is paramount.  We do not allow our coaches to conduct any activities unless the students are safe.

 

Secondly, the students need to have fun.  We have no illusions that these are our students’ school holidays, and that the only way they’ll listen and pick up skills is by enjoying themselves.  We use a range of techniques to ensure that the students maintain their attention by mixing up theory with practice, and by using games that teach public speaking without the students even realising that they’re actually being taught something new.

 

Thirdly, the students should learn.  Importantly, we believe in learning by doing – that students will only walk away with a new set of skills if they have had the opportunity to practice them.  This is why we keep class sizes small – to ensure that every student has an opportunity to speak, and that every student gets ample personalised feedback so they can improve.

Aside from our teaching philosophy being almost unique in a world of increasingly mass produced education, Speaking Schools Australasia is an organisation that has grown out of the idea that every student is able to speak in public with a little practice.

 

The founders of the Speaking Schools Australasia mentality, Mark Slaven and Daniel Dummer, were both rather average public speakers during their school years.  Both joined the debating circuit at university, and were roundly defeated in their early tournaments.  It was only through perseverance and hard work that they both grew as public speakers, eventually running national tournaments, winning various other competitions around Australia and successfully representing their university and competing in championships around the globe.

 

Speaking Schools Australasia runs the programs that they wish they could have attended when they were at school.