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2nd May - 27th June
This program, which changes from term to term, helps students develop their presentation skills in a range of different speaking styles.
This program is recommended for all Year 2 students and advanced Year 1 students.
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.
Bookings are now open for Term #2, 2022!
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):
As with all our programs, we keep class sizes small so our experienced coaches can provide everyone with plenty of support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback.
This program is recommended for all Year 2 students and advanced or experienced Year 1 students.
When we listen to presentations, the clear majority of our attention – around 93% – isn’t spent listening to the actual words that people say. Instead, most of our attention goes towards the presenter’s speaking manner – their body language and the tone they use to speak.
Our Term #2 Lions program aims to help students build up their persuasive skills, and give them the tools required to convince their audiences toward their point of view. Through combining strong speech manner with a range of skills endemic to debating, students are taken through a range of methods they can use to get their audience onside.
Through combining these activities with individualised feedback and self-reflection, students will be able to come into their own, and develop their own personal brand when making speeches!
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 Lions course is recommended for all students in Year 2 (although can also be joined by more advanced and experienced Year 1 students).
Each term of the Lions program has its own focus – whether that be developing creative narratives or presenting informative speeches – meaning that students don’t repeat content even if they remain in the Lions program for the entire year (nor do they repeat content if they’ve already done our Presentation Skills Leopards program recommended for most Year 1 students).
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 Lions program is also appropriate for students who have already completed our Presentation Skills Tigers holiday workshops (which similarly have different content) or our Speaking Skills Cubs weekly term program – the Lions 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 3, we generally recommend they move up to our Debating Wallabies program so they can continue their speaking journey!
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!
After completing the Convincing Audiences program, students should:
Our classes vary in size for every program depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Lions 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:
We have a specially designed term program that is recommended for most students in Year 1 – our Presentation Skills Leopards program, which similarly goes through a range of important public speaking skills tailored towards students of that age group. That said, if your Year 1 child has experience in public speaking or is particularly advanced for their age, they would be more than welcome to join the Lions program!
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.
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.
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
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