3:45PM - 5:45PM
10th February - 6th April
Formerly Debating Kangaroos
A debating program that builds on the concepts covered in Debating Wallabies, and introduces students to more complex policy based topics and case structures.
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.
Formerly Debating Kangaroos
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. 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.
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:
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.
At the end of this programs, students should:
Fostering a Nurturing Class Environment
As with all our term programs, the first session will focus on creating a positive 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.
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.
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.
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 term depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Debating Wombats class is around eight students with one coach.
If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity, but may also be the result of a miscommunication with the coaching college – 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 go home with:
If you’re interested in doing another term program, we generally recommend that students attend our Debating Wombats program a few times – each term runs a separate program, with different approaches to the same theory and new activities, so students are very welcome to spend a multiple terms with the program.
Alternatively, if you were looking to do an intensive holiday program, we would recommend that students give our Speaking Camp Kangaroos program a try. This holiday workshop teaches a range of different skills, and changes from holiday to holiday, giving students the opportunities to develop their speaking skills in a range of novel circumstances, from advertising to storytelling.
The girls loved the camp and came away saying how much they enjoyed the activities. We’ll be back next term.
My daughter said she really enjoyed the program and would like to attend EVERY time. I think it must be an amazing program.