Speaking Skills Joeys

  • Mixed Experience
  • 9 - 10 Weeks
  • Years 3 - 4

A one-hour weekly program designed to change every term and challenge both beginner and experienced students across a range of speaking styles.

Student to Teacher Ratio 9:1
Course Objectives
  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice and receive feedback in a supportive environment.

  • Help students leverage their own life experiences to inspire more engaging presentations.

  • Provide students with sufficient theory to make their speeches even more captivating.

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Location John Purchase Campus, Cherrybrook



4:15PM - 5:15PM


7th February - 4th April


9 Weeks



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4:00PM - 5:00PM


1st February - 5th April


10 Weeks



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Location Online Program



5:30PM - 6:30PM


2nd February - 6th April


10 Weeks



Course Overview

Bookings for Term 1, 2022 are now open!


Our Speaking Skills Joeys program is a different take on our usual two-hour weekly classes.

Running over a single hour each week, all Joeys classes are structured in a similar way – once the students are settled into class with a speaking activity, the coach briefly covers a new piece of public speaking theory and spends the majority of the session getting students to prepare and present speeches to help them develop their skills at their own pace. Rather than following a prescribed syllabus like our other Year 3 – 4 courses, the Joeys program instead places an emphasis on developing students’ speaking skills through a range of practical activities over the reduced timeframe.

The content changes every term, so there’s always plenty to keep students keen on developing their skills!

As with all our programs, we place a strong emphasis on creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment, and strive to ensure each student’s introduction to presenting is a positive and enjoyable experience. We keep class sizes small so that we can provide each student with the maximum level of support and attention, including plenty of individualised feedback from our experienced coaches.

Writing speeches can be hard – from conceptualising the idea to structuring it, every part of the speech needs to be thought-provoking and hence structuring the speech becomes crucial!

That’s where the Speech Structure Essentials stream of the Joeys comes in – each class is designed to combine a speaking activity, a new piece of theory relating to speech structure and a practical task to solidify that week’s concept! Public speaking can only be improved by taking on opportunities to present – with this in mind, the focus for the Joeys program is developing students’ speaking skills by spending nearly the entire session preparing and presenting speeches.

If students would like a little more challenge, the two-hour weekly Public Speaking Wombats and Debating Wallabies programs will go through more advanced theoretical content at a faster pace!

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 Speaking Skills Joeys course is a beginner level program for students in Years 3 & 4.

Each term of the Joeys program has its own focus – whether that be manner essentials or reporting essentials – meaning that students don’t repeat content even if they remain in the Joeys program for the entire year.

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.

Whilst our Joeys program is best for new students, it follows the same focuses each term as our more advanced Public Speaking Wombats program, meaning that students can jump between them as their circumstances change.

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

After completing the Speaking Skills Cubs program, students should:

  • have participated in a range of activities (which often feel like games) in a nurturing class environment, each breaking down the stigma that public speaking is something they should be scared of;
  • have been given at least one opportunity to present to their class in each and every session; and
  • have a much greater appreciation of how fun public speaking can be!

Our classes vary in size for every program depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Speaking Skills Joeys 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 short booklet that covers the main points touched upon during the program; and
  • hopefully a more positive perspective on public speaking!
Course Reviews

Speaking Schools was excellent and my persuasive devices rose up immediately. It has lots of fun games to encounter and always has debates to enjoy. Speaking Schools gave me lots of information and I learnt to communicate more. Before, I used to have a very small amount of social skills but now finding a friend is a piece of cake. The information was at a high standard for every subject and spending time and money on Speaking Schools is at a very good value. I felt very excited for every class and I recommend you to try out Speaking Schools!

Jeffrey, Student Public Speaking Wombats

Thanks so much to Natasha for coaching Ryan! She is so informative and goes the extra mile for students every session! We are so blessed to have her for this term! Thanks to SSA for the last 2+ years for coaching Ryan. He has gained so much knowledge and confidence, he truly enjoys all of the courses. We are very excited to see what you guys will bring for Ryan in the future 🥰🥰🥰

Yao, Parent Debating Wallabies
  • 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