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Debating Pelicans

Debating Pelicans

  • Experienced Students Only
  • 9 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 5 - 6

Debating Pelicans builds on the foundational knowledge developed in Debating Parrots (or our Debating Hummingbirds holiday program) and helps students take their skills to the next level.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students further exposure to the world of debating, including new skills and topic area briefings.

  • Provide students with the opportunity to participate in debates almost every week.

  • Allow students to practice their skills and receive feedback to help develop.

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Location Online Program
Day

Wednesday

Time

5:30PM - 7:30pm

Dates

7th February - 10th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

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Location Online Program
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Thursday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

8th February - 11th April

Length

8 Weeks

Price

$500 $400

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Location Carlingford Campus
Day

Monday

Time

3:50PM - 5:50PM

Dates

5th February - 8th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$540 $378

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Location Carlingford Campus
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Tuesday

Time

3:50PM - 5:50PM

Dates

6th February - 9th April

Length

7 Weeks

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Location Castle Hill Campus
Day

Saturday

Time

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Dates

10th February - 6th April

Length

7 Weeks

Price

$360 $280

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!

 

Key Features

  • Runs over two-hour sessions each week
  • Designed for experienced Year 5 & 6 debaters
  • Builds on the foundations laid in Debating Parrots and Debating Wolverines
  • A modular program where coaches determine content based on the interests and needs of students in the class
  • Helps students tackle more complex concepts and take on new speaking and analytical challenges
  • Provides students with lots of opportunities to practice and continue to develop their debating skills
  • Prioritises a supportive and welcoming learning environment for all students that is light-hearted and non-competitive
  • Class sizes are kept small so that each student can be provided with maximum support and attention

 

Term Focuses

Debating Pelicans is modular in nature and has no particular focus in any given term.

Utilising primarily policy-based topics, this program takes an experiential learning perspective on debating.  Students will learn new concepts every session, debate almost every week (and do practice speeches when a debate isn’t possible), and receive plenty of individualised feedback throughout the program.

 

More Information

Our Debating Pelicans course is an experienced-level program for Year 5 & 6 students.

Designed for students with formal coaching in debating, we recommend that students only enrol if they have:

  • completed multiple terms of our Debating Parrots or Debating Wolverines programs and have been advised to move up by their coach;
  • previously participated in either our Debating Pelicans term program or Debating Hawks holiday workshop and want to continue working on their debating skills;
  • received extensive formal training with another provider; or
  • attended a school with a comprehensive debating training program and competed in several interschool debates.

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a public speaking program with us (such as Public Speaking Penguins or Public Speaking Honeyeaters), or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop – they would be better off giving our Debating Parrots program a try.

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child, or check out our video below to see how our term program progressions work!

Our Debating Pelicans course is a modular program.

This means that, rather than prescribe what coaches will teach over a term, we instead give them a wide range of content that they can pick and choose from, depending on the skill level, experience and general preferences of the group that they are teaching.

That said, students will:

  • have the opportunity to revise the key concepts involved with Policy-based debating at the beginning of the term to ensure that everyone is on the same page;
  • participate in practice debates almost every week; and
  • be involved in a parent presentation near the end of the term to showcase their improved skills.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch using our contact form to learn more!

Course Reviews

My child attended his first term program with Speaking Schools Sydney and loved it. He found the way Tennyson teaches was easy to follow and fun. He looks up to his coach not just a debating expert but also a big brother who has other many talents.

As a parent, I found the coach and the Speaking School team have always been friendly and helpful. They look after each child's needs for development and engage the children very well.

Thank you Tennyson, Mark, Chris and the Speaking Schools Sydney team!

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Sunny, Parent Debating Pelicans

They take customer satisfaction seriously. Promptly return and clarified my queries. I'm glad I'm with a well established school with clear policies and procedures in place, not to mention great syllabus and content covered. A pleasant partnership in training my children.

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Anh, Parent Debating Pelicans
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed enjoyed themselves

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed noticed an improvement in their overall speaking skills

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed felt more confident as a speaker

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed wanted to come back again next time

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