Public Speaking Penguins

Public Speaking Penguins

  • Mixed Experience
  • 8 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 5 - 6

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
Course Objectives
  • Provide students with an opportunity to develop their speaking skills in a variety of settings.

  • Expose students to different elements of public speaking that focus on specific essential concepts.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their presentation skills and receive feedback in a fun environment.

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11:00AM - 1:00PM


3rd February - 6th April


7 Weeks


$450 $315

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Location Mitcham Campus



6:00PM - 7:30pm


5th February - 25th March


5 Weeks


$420 $263

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Course Overview

Bookings for Term #1 2024 are now open!


Key Features

  • Runs over weekly two-hour sessions
  • Tailored to mixed-experience Year 5 & 6 students
  • Covers a different focus each term that explores a different fundamental element of public speaking
  • Provides ample opportunities to explore how these theoretical elements work in practice to improve their speaking skills
  • Follows a similar structure each week – students begin with an activity, run through a new element of content and consolidate with practical speaking tasks
  • Ensures that every classroom environment is nurturing for each individual
  • Utilises small class sizes to ensure everyone can practice each session and receive plenty of individualised feedback


Term Focuses

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.

That said, the specific focus of the program changes every term:

  • Term #1 looks into method and speech structure;
  • Term #2 places an emphasis on speaking manner;
  • Term #3 takes a deep dive into textual analysis style speeches; and
  • Term #4 delves specifically into impromptu speeches.


More Information

Term #1 runs from early February to mid-April each year.

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?

Over the course of Term #1, Penguins 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, and sharing them with the class. This helps 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!

Over the course of the term, students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn the fundamental concepts that underpin persuasive speeches, with a particular focus on logical and engaging speech structure;
  • be exposed to a range of different speaking activities, with the view to helping them develop both their confidence and good speaking habits; and
  • practice their newfound skills in a nurturing environment with other students at a similar experience level.

Our Public Speaking Penguins course is a mixed-level program for students in Years 5 & 6, and is targeted towards:

  • Students who have no (or negligible) public speaking experience (all students have to start somewhere, and there is no better place to do so than here – students are welcome to join any time throughout the year);
  • Students who have already completed up to 3 terms of Public Speaking Penguins (the focus changes every term, so there’s no repetition of content across the year);
  • Students who have been completing our Speaking Skills Owlets program, which shares the same focus across each term; and
  • Students who have given our Year 3 & 4 term programs (such as Speaking Skills Joeys or Debating Wallabies) or holiday workshops (such as Public Speaking Honeyeaters or Debating Hummingbirds) a try, and want to continue developing their speaking skills!

We usually recommend that students do all four terms of either our Speaking Skills Owlets and/or Public Speaking Penguins programs (which mirror one another) to ensure that they cover all the basics of public speaking!

Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss what’s best for your child, or check out our video below to see how our term program progressions work!

Revision of Fundamental Concepts

The program starts with a succinct (but important) revision of essential concepts, including audience engagement and speech structure. This helps set students up for the rest of the program and ensures that everyone starts on a similar level.

Speech Structure and Method

After going over the fundamentals, several sessions are dedicated to learning how to create persuasive and well-organized speeches. Structuring elements such as introductions, conclusions, and especially body paragraphs are a key focus coupled with techniques on how to engage an audience and choose the right topic. Each concept is paired with engaging activities. In these interactive sessions, students will get hands-on experience in crafting structured and compelling speeches, which they can then apply directly to their own presentations.

Practice Speeches and Interactive Activities

As the term progresses students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of practice speeches and carefully chosen activities aimed at bolstering their presentation skills. These activities span a wide range of skills, encompassing body language, verbal expression, and more. These abilities are fortified through consistent practice speeches and constructive critiques, guaranteeing that every student is given the chance to flourish and enhance their skills!

Parent Presentations

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.


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or get in touch using our contact form to learn more!

Course Reviews

My daughter absolutely loved every lesson. The program is very engaging and well structured. Ms Vivian made the class very enjoyable and was extremely tentative and gave extra time to help my daughter when class was over. Highly recommend and will re-enrol for next term.

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Diana, Parent Public Speaking Penguins

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!

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Chui, Parent Public Speaking Honeyeaters
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed enjoyed themselves

  • 100%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed noticed an improvement in their overall speaking skills

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed felt more confident as a speaker

  • 96%

    of Year 5 - 6 students surveyed wanted to come back again next time

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