Debating Wombats – Online

  • Experienced
  • 9 Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

A debating program that builds on the concepts covered in Debating Wallabies, and introduces students to more complex policy based topics and case structures.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Help students further develop their understanding of debating, placing a particular focus on policy-based topics.

  • Provide students with an in depth understanding on a range of debating concepts, from argumentation to rebuttal.

  • Give students a range of opportunities to participate in practice debates and receive individualised feedback.

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4:00PM - 5:30PM


4th May - 29th June


4 Weeks



Course Overview

Debating can be difficult regardless of age – but it can be particularly challenging for younger students.

Our Debating Wombats program builds on the foundations laid in Debating Wallabies, not only through helping students deepen their understanding of central concepts like argumentation and rebuttal, but also by introducing them to policy based topics in an online setting.  Rather than asking students to prove that something is already true about the world, these debates require students to debate whether the world should be changes in some way.

Debating Wombats helps students understand how to develop these cases and so much more, and provides them with plenty of opportunities to practice their newfound skills in debates on a range of topics.

We genuinely believe that whilst our online programs look and feel a little different, they are just as effective in helping students develop their speaking abilities.

Unlike most providers, we run all our online programs live in small classes – nothing is pre-recorded, and everything happens in real time. This means that coaches are able to adapt their teaching style to the class that they actually have, leading to the best possible learning outcomes for students.

Students are also given just as many opportunities to practice in front of an audience – whilst not physically present, students can still see all their peers’ faces on the computer screen, providing them with an audience that feels (and is) very real.  This means that students are still able to apply the theory they learn, develop their confidence, and crucially receive indvidualised feedback in real time.

If you’re still not sure, check out our video on online programs or get in touch to learn more!

All of our online term programs run for a single 1.5 hour session per week, for a total of around 10 weeks.

There is a short break in the middle of the session to help students concentrate for the full period, and in any event students won’t be starting at the screen the whole time either – they will be encouraged to prepare their practice speeches (at least one every session) on paper, as they would in a physical classroom setting.

Our Debating Wombats course is an experienced level program.

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

  • completed at least one (but ideally multiple) term of our Debating Wallabies program;
  • previously participated in our Debating Wombats program, and want to improve some other debating skills;
  • received formal training with another provider; or
  • attended a school with a comprehensive debating training program, and competed in a number of interschool debates.

Importantly, debating and public speaking are very different skills – attending a public speaking program with us, or participating in a public speaking program at school, doesn’t really prepare students for this workshop – they would be better off giving out Debating Wallabies program a try.

In addition, whilst our Speaking Camp Koalas and Speaking Camp Kangaroos holiday programs do cover some debating skills, this is taught in the context of public speaking more generally, and would not normally be sufficient for them to be able to properly participate in our Debating Wombats program.

If you’re not sure whether your child would be better suited for our Debating Wallabies or Debating Wombats Online program, please get in touch and we would be more than happy to discuss it with you!

At the end of this programs, students should:

  • have developed an understanding of how to develop a case as a team for ‘policy’ debates;
  • have a better understanding of the two key debating concepts –  arguments and rebuttal; and
  • have engaged in various activities and practice debates throughout the term in an online environment to help them develop their skills.

Fostering a Nurturing Class Environment

As with all our term programs, the first session will focus on creating a positive online learning environment, as well as ensuring that all students are up to speed on the relevant concepts.  These early sessions also involve a range of speaking activities that help students recall and further develop their existing debating skills.


Case Structure

Our Debating Wombats program takes the focus off the ‘Value’ debates covered in our Debating Wallabies program, and moves across to the more complex ‘Policy’ debates.

These debates require students to understand a new type of case structure to help them persuade adjudicators.  As a result, multiple sessions each term are devoted to helping students understand this case structure (which often takes years to truly comprehend).


Arguments & Rebuttal

Similar to the Debating Wallabies program, students will spend at least one session looking at argumentation, and another at rebuttal.  These sessions are be more advanced in nature, place a greater emphasis on ‘Policy’ type debates, and involve plenty of practical activities to help them apply the skills that they’ve learned.


Practice Debates

In addition to all the theory, students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple practice debates during the term.  Each debate will be on a different policy topic, and students will have the opportunity to speak in different rolls each time.


Parent Presentations

As with all our weekly programs, the term concludes with a presentation to the students’ parents.  This is a great way to help them develop the confidence to speak directly to adults, as well as being a good opportunity for them to showcase their new skills.

Our classes vary in size every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Debating Wombats Online class is around eight students with one 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!

By the end of each program, students will have:

  • typed feedback, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a digital certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a digital course booklet (that can be printed), which covers everything they’ve learned over the course of the program;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • a better understanding of debating and policy-based topics!
Course Reviews

The girls loved the camp and came away saying how much they enjoyed the activities. We’ll be back next term.

Frankie and Charley, Parents Speaking Camp Kangaroos

My daughter said she really enjoyed the program and would like to attend EVERY time. I think it must be an amazing program.

Crystal, Parent Speaking Camp Kangaroos
  • Of the parents we've surveyed about our online programs...

  • Felt their child had fun

  • Believed their child's confidence improved

  • Thought their child's speech structure improved

  • Said their child's manner improved