4:30PM - 6:30PM
1st February - 5th April
Presentation Skills Leopards is a hands-on and interactive program that is ideal for students looking to build confidence in a supportive and welcoming environment.
This program is recommended for all Year 1 students and beginner Year 2 students.
Provide students with frameworks for preparing simple speeches.
Help students leverage their own life experiences to inspire more engaging presentations.
Give students plenty of opportunities to practice and receive feedback in a supportive environment.
Bookings for Term 1, 2022 are now open!
This course is perfect for students who want to get into the world of public speaking. Rather than teaching abstract theory (which becomes more crucial as students develop, but is difficult for students to engage with at this age), this program helps early-primary students come out of their shells and form positive speaking habits. Utilising activity-based, experiential learning, students will practice and develop fundamental skills, such as maintaining eye contact, projecting their voices, eliminating ‘um’s’ and other filler words, putting clear ideas together and thinking on their feet. These skills will stand them in good stead as progress in their school careers and life.
Our Leopards program changes every term, meaning that there is something different to focus on throughout the school year – in particular, students will cover:
It’s recommended that students complete each program to ensure they cover all their bases – however, there is no particular need to start with any stream, so students are welcome to begin any term of the year!
We place a strong emphasis on creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment, and strive to ensure each student’s introduction to presenting is a positive and enjoyable experience. We keep class sizes small so that we can provide each student with the maximum level of support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback from our experienced coaches.
This program is recommended for all Year 1 students and beginner level Year 2 students.
One of the hardest parts of writing a speech is knowing where to start. What should I speak about? Which part ought I write first? How can I express my ideas, so my audience will understand where I’m coming from?
This term, students will be focusing on the methods involved in preparing a speech, with a particular focus on structuring their speeches. Utilising activity-based, experiential learning, students will spend most of their time in this program developing a range of presentations – using activities that feel like games – helping them learn how to piece together their thoughts into a coherent and engaging presentation (whilst also finding some time to develop their speaking manner as well)!
For the most part, there is very little that separates our online and physical programs – both are interactive, cover the same theoretical concepts, and give students a range of opportunities to practice and develop their skills. Whilst some activities are different between the two, as some activities lend themselves better to physical or online classes, the actual learning outcomes remain the same for both classes.
Notably, the difference in price isn’t an indication of the quality of the program, or how much students will get out of the experience – both get the same amount of attention and care, and we’ve found some students develop better in an online environment. The deviation instead is simply a result of the higher costs (such as venue hire) associated with running classes in-person.
Whilst children appear to not be at particularly high risk from COVID-19, SSA places their safety (and the safety of our coaches) as our highest priority. This emphasis on safety is the first tier of our teaching policy.
We generally consider the risk of transmission at our programs to be very unlikely. This is for three reasons:
We have prepared our COVID-19 Action Plan, which outlines the three methods we are using to keep students safe.
Whilst you are very welcome to read the Action Plan in full, the four elements are:
Additionally, we will also be continuing to offer online programs for the foreseeable future. This will help ensure that parents and students who are uncomfortable with physical classes have an alternative that allows them to feel safe, whilst still receiving a quality education in public speaking and debating.
Please check out our COVID-19 Action Plan here, or get in touch if you have any questions!
Our Presentation Skills Leopards course is a beginner level program designed for students starting out in the world of public speaking. Whilst it is suitable for all Year 1 students, it is also perfect for inexperienced Year 2 students before they move up to the Presentation Skills Lions program.
Each term of the Leopards program has its own focus – whether that be speaking manner or news reporting – meaning that students don’t repeat content even if they remain in the Leopards program for the entire year.
Whilst students would definitely benefit from joining at the beginning of the year and following through, they are also welcome to join at the beginning of any term – they’ll still get plenty out of doing the program whenever they join.
Our Leopards program is also appropriate for students who have already completed our Presentation Skills Tabby Cats holiday workshops (which similarly have different content) or our Speaking Skills Cubs weekly term program – the Leopards course goes through a range of different skills in more depth, making it perfect for students to continue building their speaking skills.
That said, if you’re not sure about whether your child will be able to handle the two-hour session length, we also run the simpler Speaking Skills Cubs program for Year 1 – 2 students as well.
Once students reach Year 2, we recommend they move up to our Presentation Skills Lions program so they can continue their public speaking journey!
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!
After completing the Presentation Skills Leopards Method & Speech Structure program, students should:
Connecting with Audiences
The first few sessions are designed to help students get to know one another and feel comfortable in the classroom setting. Amongst various speaking activities, students will be exposed to the concept of an audience, and come to understand that speeches are about finding a connection between their personal interests and those watching their presentation.
Developing Speech Ideas
As students progress, they will spend a couple of sessions working on forming their own opinions and turning those opinions into speeches. They will have multiple opportunities to share and justify those opinions to their class – all the while having fun with numerous speaking activities.
Forming Persuasive Speeches
From the mid-point of the term, students will start crafting speeches – starting with their speech bodies, before moving on to introductions and (if there is time) conclusions. Each week will have a different focus, with the idea that students can build their speeches over time.
The term ends with a parent presentation – an opportunity for students to present to an adult audience. Parent presentations are not only a great way to help students develop their confidence, but also represent an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned. Students generally spend the last couple of sessions preparing and practising their speeches for the presentation.
For physical classes, we’ll make an assessment closer to the end of the term as to whether we can run presentations in person. If government restrictions still prevent parents from entering the classrooms, we’ll either film their presentations, or potentially live stream them for parents to watch from home!
Our classes vary in size for every program depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Presentation Skills Leopards class is around nine 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:
This program is perfect for beginner level students who are currently in Year 2.
It follows a similar structure to the Presentation Skills Lions program, so Year 2 students can move up at any term during the year without repeating content!
If you’d like to discuss your child’s specific circumstances, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
We have a specially designed holiday workshop for our tiny tots called Presentation Skills Bumblebees. Unfortunately, we do not have an appropriate term program suitable for kindy at this stage (although we’re working on one!).
Our Cubs, Leopards, Lions, Tabby Cats and Tigers programs are designed for Year 1 – 2 students and require them to be able to write at least simple sentences, as well as read their own handwriting and instructions on the board, which most Kindergarten students are unfortunately not able to do. This may well lead to those students feeling inferior to the rest of the class, creating new fears around public speaking – the exact opposite of what we hope to achieve.
This is probably the best remote Zoom learning we have discovered for my 6 years old boy. The platform structured well, the teacher able to engage every students in questions and activities through Zoom. My son enjoyed very much.
It's never too early to learn how to speak effectively and with confidence through effective technology.
Initially I had slightly reservations as it was going to be an online program given the ongoing pandemic with COVID-19. However, I am pleased to have made the decision.
The structure of the program, the attention to detail and support provided to my daughter has been invaluable. In particular, I understand the teacher after the first lesson talked to her managers and arranged to give my six-year-old extra attention where required after the lesson. As a parent, that extra support to accommodate the pace and different needs of children is what helps reassure us and sets businesses in this industry apart. For the two times my daughter has participated in your programs, we have had very good experiences with Speaking Schools Australasia and I highly commend both the teachers!
After our Term #4 programs...
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed enjoyed attending the program
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed felt more confident
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed saw their speaking manner develop
of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed noticed their overall speaking skills improve