Presentation Skills Lions

  • Experienced
  • Weeks
  • Years 1 - 2

This program, which changes from term to term, helps students develop their presentation skills in a range of different speaking styles.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Focus on a specific set of skills or type of speech, and build students' understanding over the course of the term.

  • Help students feel more confidence when they present in front of audiences.

  • Provide students with various opportunities to practice, receive feedback, and develop good speaking habits.

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Course Overview

Bookings are now closed for Term #2 – if you’re keen to join next term, you can register your interest for Term #3 here!


Utilising a range of fun and interactive activities, this program encourages students to step further out of their comfort zones and places a particular focus on cultivating engaging presentation styles.

The focus of each Lions program changes every term, with the same stream running across all our venues (and online):

  • Term #1 takes students through informative speeches and places a particular focus on News Reporting;
  • Term #2 helps students prepare and present using one of the most essential speech crafting tools – Storytelling;
  • Term #3 allows students to reflect upon and develop their speaking manner so they can Speak with Style; and
  • Term #4 gives students the tools they need to put together a range of different Persuasive Speeches.

As with all our programs, we keep class sizes small (a maximum of 8) so our experienced coaches can provide everyone with plenty of support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback.

Stories are what bind humanity together – there is nothing better than a good narrative to imbue an otherwise dull topic with a sense of intrigue and adventure, and help get your audience onside.

Out Term #2 Lions program will focus on the art of Storytelling, and provide students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts associated with spinning a good yarn. Taking a holistic approach to telling stories, the program places the focus on how the three pillars of storytelling – characters, settings and plots – interact with one another to make a story both interesting and impactful.

During the upcoming term, we will be offering our weekly programs both in-person and online.

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:

  1. From a general perspective, whilst children are not immune, they do show substantially milder symptoms than adults, and appear to catch and transmit the virus at lower rates.
  2. Local transmission rates are currently low, and the Government is acting very cautiously in removing restrictions – most people who catch the virus are quarantined, as are any known close contacts, which has significantly limited the spread of the virus.
  3. We have put in place a range of extra protections that are reviewed continuously for best practice, and seek to keep students as safe as possible.

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 three elements are:

  1. Symptom Testing – whilst we instruct all parents not to send students displaying symptoms (or awaiting test results), we will be using temperature checks and coach training to ensure that any students who show symptoms are isolated and removed from programs;
  2. Limited Exposure – there are a range of steps in place to help ensure that students (and parents) socially distance, and limit the chance of spreading the virus; and
  3. Enhanced Sanitation – we have adopted hand and surface cleaning regimens to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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 Lions course is an experienced level program.

Students are assumed to have a reasonable understanding of public speaking, and in particular persuasive speeches, before undertaking the program.  By way of indication, the Lions program would be suitable for students who have:

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!

After completing the Presentation Skills Lions Storytelling program, students should:

  • have been exposed to the fundamental principles which form the foundations of good storytelling;
  • understand the three pillars of a good story – characters, settings and plots – and be able to integrate the three together to make an engaging narrative; and
  • have been given multiple opportunities to present to their class in each and every session.

Our classes vary in size every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Lions 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:

  • a feedback sheet, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a course booklet that covers everything they’ve learned throughout the program;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • an improved understanding of how to present in an engaging manner!

We strongly recommend waiting until Year 1 before enrolling in our Tabby Cats or Tigers holiday programs, or our Leopards and Lions term programs – all our Year 1 – 2 programs require students 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.

If you think that your child has sufficient reading and writing skills, we would be more than happy to talk it through with you (although we would definitely recommend that they do the Presentation Skills Leopards program first!) – alternatively, we would also be more than happy to add you to our email list (see below) so we can let you know when bookings open when your child is old enough to join!

Course Reviews

My child has attended public speaking classes with Speaking School Australasia for two terms, and we are very satisfied with the results. The lessons are high quality, and the coaches are very experienced. Every term the lessons are booked out very soon. I chose this school after comparing several similar providers, and I am glad I made the right choice.

Ruby, Parent Presentation Skills Lions

Online session of sydney speaking school is very flexible and this has helped to increase my daughter's speaking skills. She loved all the session and was able to learn to use actions and eye contact while speaking. I do strongly recommend for the beginners. Thanks

Sasi, Parent Presentation Skills Lions
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed enjoyed attending the program

  • 100%

    of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed felt more confident

  • 100%

    of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed saw their speaking manner develop

  • 92%

    of Year 1 - 2 students surveyed noticed their overall speaking skills improve