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Public Speaking Wombats

  • Beginner Students Only
  • 10 Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

A beginner program that is ideal for students in Years 3 – 4 who are new to public speaking and who would like to build their confidence.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students an introduction to the basic concepts of public speaking, including forming opinions and speech structure.

  • Provide students with the opportunity to participate in weekly speeches and build their confidence.

  • Allows students to practice their skills and receive feedback to help them develop.

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Location Carlingford Campus
Day

Monday

Time

3:50PM - 5:50PM

Dates

31st January - 4th April

Length

10 Weeks

Price

$550

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Location Online Program
Day

Tuesday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

1st February - 5th April

Length

10 Weeks

Price

$450

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Location Online Program
Day

Thursday

Time

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Dates

3rd February - 7th April

Length

10 Weeks

Price

$450

Course Overview

Bookings for Term 1, 2022 are now open!

 

Public Speaking Wombats is a beginner level program, ideal for students new to public speaking and who would like to build their confidence.  By providing an introduction to the fundamental concepts involved with public speaking, this course helps prepare students for the speaking tasks they will encounter in later primary school years and beyond!

Every term, we ensure that our Public Speaking Wombats program helps students understand the fundamental concepts involved with public speaking, from the importance of their audience to coming up with speech ideas. However, the specific focus of the program alternates, with the emphasis being placed on the following each term:

  • Term #1: Creative Narratives
  • Term #2: Convincing Audiences 
  • Term #3: Persuasive Speeches
  • Term #4: Informative Speeches

We recommend that students complete each of the four different focuses, as each maps well onto the relevant NAPLAN focuses – however, there is no particular need to start with either stream, so students are welcome to begin any term of the year!

As with each of our weekly term programs, students will have multiple opportunities to present each session in a fun and supportive environment.  Our experienced and passionate coaches ensure that all lessons are interactive experiences that put student-centred and experiential learning front and centre.

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 #1 program will focus on the art of Creative Narratives, and provide students with an understanding of how to spin 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.

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. Despite high vaccination levels, the Government is still acting 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 four elements are:

  1. Vaccination – all of our onsite staff are fully vaccinated, so they pose a substantially reduced risk to our students;
  2. 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;
  3. 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
  4. 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 Public Speaking Wombats course is a mixed program, with a particular focus on students without too much experience.

This course assumes no particular knowledge – students are more than welcome to join the program with little (or even no) public speaking experience, but will also likely get something out of it even if they already have some exposure as well.

That said, we usually recommend that students do a few terms of our Public Speaking Wombats program to ensure that they cover all the essential types of public speaking.

With this in mind, the program is also appropriate for students who have already completed our Speaking Camp Koalas or Speaking Camp Kangaroos holiday programs or our Speaking Skills Joeys weekly term program – the Public Speaking Wombats course helps students develop a different range of speaking skills, and uses various activities that differ from the holiday programs.  This means that students are able (and encouraged) to do this program, even if they’ve already completed our holiday programs for the same age group.

That said, if your child has already done multiple holiday programs with us, has formal public speaking training from another provider, or is just more interested in debating, they should give our Debating Wallabies program a shot.

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

After completing the Creative Narratives program, students should:

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

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

  • 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
  • a better understanding of what makes a persuasive speech!
Course Reviews

Highly recommendable. My daughter is learning thick and fast, and enjoys the sessions very much. The staff is highly qualified, also another remarkable point is great communication with parents and students.

Vishal, Parent Public Speaking Wombats

Very impressed with the online teaching!

Renuka, Parent Public Speaking Wombats
  • After our Term #4 programs...

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed enjoyed attending the programs

  • 100%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed felt more confident

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed saw their speaking manner significantly improve

  • 88%

    of Year 3 - 4 students surveyed really wanted to come back again next time