4:30PM - 6:30PM
28th April - 30th June
Public Speaking Penguins is an mixed experience course for students in Years 5 - 6 who are new to public speaking and want to learn the ropes in a fun environment.Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Give students an introduction to the fundamental concepts for public speaking, including manner, matter and method.
Provide students various opportunities to practice their skills each week.
Allow students to develop their speaking skills and build their confidence using practice and feedback.
Bookings are now open for Term #2, 2022!
This course is for those who want to get a head start with their speaking skills.
Throughout this program, we introduce students to crucial concepts, including why we give speeches, how to structure them effectively, and how to express clear and concise opinions to engage audiences. Across the term, each student will have ample opportunities to explore how these theoretical underpinnings work in practice and will refine their speaking manner and presentation skills during various class activities and practice speeches.
Every term, we ensure that our Public Speaking Penguins program helps students understand the fundamentals of speechcraft and how they can best connect with audiences. However, the specific focus of the program changes every term, with:
We recommend that students complete all of these streams to ensure they cover all their bases – however, there is no particular need to start with any focus, so students are welcome to begin any term of the year!
As with all our programs, we make sure that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual, and that all the activities are lots of fun for all students! This is the perfect course for both shy and outgoing students to begin their journey into the exciting (and initially potentially nerve-wracking) world of public speaking.
When audiences listen to a speech, most of their attention – around 93% – is directed not to the actual words, but rather to your physical and verbal manner. Given this, it is crucial to get this part of public speaking right to ensure that any audience is listening.
Across Term #2, our Public Speaking Penguins classes will be focusing on building our students’ speaking manner and helping them persuade their audiences using more interesting and engaging presentations.
Having students hone their manner and develop their own personal style of presentations is a powerful tool for building confidence and helping them feel comfortable in all speaking environments, allowing for them to thrive across a range of situations. This workshop gives students the opportunities to try out a range of manner techniques and to hone their own presentation style and personal brand.
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 Public Speaking Penguins course is a beginner level program.
This course assumes no particular knowledge – students are more than welcome to join the program with little (or even no) public speaking experience. All students have to start somewhere, and there is no better place to do so than here.
That said, we usually recommend that students do all four terms of our Public Speaking Penguins program to ensure that they cover all the basics of public speaking!
That said, if your child has already completed our Public Speaking Hummingbirds holiday program, previously given our Public Speaking Wombats term program a try, has formal public speaking training from another provider, or is just more interested in debating, they should give our Debating Parrots program a shot.
Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child!
Throughout the term, students will have the opportunity to:
Our classes vary in size for every workshop depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Public Speaking Penguins 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:
My kid has been attending there classes for the last 2 months only and you can see the difference. Recommended.
My daughter enjoyed the course very much and wished it would go on for another week! She is now very motivated to work on her speech for the school’s upcoming public speaking competition using what she learned! Well done to all coaches!
After our Term #4 programs...
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed enjoyed themselves
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed noticed an improvement in their overall speaking skills
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed felt more confident as a speaker
of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed wanted to come back again next time