9:00am - 3:00pm
The Shore School (North Sydney)
Newington College (Inner West)
The King’s School (Parramatta)
Two days for $180
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This practical two day program looks to provide students with a basic but important introduction to public speaking. Rather than focusing on abstract theory (which becomes more important as students develop), the course provides students with the practical tools they need to give persuasive presentations, and places an emphasis on practicing manner and presentation skills in a welcoming environment. By providing supportive experiences at a young age, we aim to set a good foundation of confidence and positivity in younger students.
Over the two days, students will be exposed to:
- a wide range of speaking-based activities and games, both as individuals and as part of small groups, which seek to make them more comfortable presenting to a class;
- practical rather than theoretical feedback to ensure that they are able to develop their presentation skills without recourse to abstract reasoning (which most students in this age group have not yet properly developed); and
- a positive, fun and welcoming environment for them to develop their newfound skills with confidence.
As with all our programs, class sizes are kept small to ensure that students are provided with a supportive environment where they are able to obtain individualised feedback from one of our experienced coaches.
How have students found our Beginners Presentation Skills course?
of our students had fun during our Spring 2017 courses
of our students thought their manner improved during our Spring 2017 courses
of our students felt more confident after attending our Spring 2017 courses
of our students wanted to come back again after attending our Spring 2017 courses
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you operate?
We run programs during every school holidays, usually spanning both weeks of the public school breaks (and the latter half of January over the Summer vacation).
Between what times do your holiday programs run?
All of our holiday programs are either 2 or 3 days long, and run between 9:00am and 3:00pm. We are normally at the sign in desk by 8:30am, but ask that you pick your children up promptly at the end of the day.
If you are unable to pick up your child at 3:00pm, we now also offer a supervision service until 5:00pm. If you intend on using this service, please ensure that you include it when you book the relevant program.
Who are your coaches?
We only hire experienced coaches who have a deep understanding of public speaking and/or debating. Every coach has been handpicked for their knowledge of public speaking and/or debating, and carefully allocated to the programs that best suit their skills. Noting that our student's safety is our highest priority, we ensure that every coach has a Working With Children Check done with the NSW Government.
You can find out more about our coaches on our Coaches webpage.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Our teaching philosophy has three tiers.
Firstly, the safety of the students is paramount. We do not allow our coaches to conduct any activities unless the students are safe.
Secondly, the students need to have fun. We have no illusions that these are our students' school holidays, and that the only way they'll listen and pick up skills is by enjoying themselves. We use a range of techniques to ensure that the students maintain their attention by mixing up theory with practice, and by using games that teach public speaking without the students even realising that they're actually being taught something new.
Thirdly, the students should learn. Importantly, we believe in learning by doing - that students will only walk away with a new set of skills if they have had the opportunity to practice them. This is why we keep class sizes small - to ensure that every student has an opportunity to speak, and that every student gets ample personalised feedback so they can improve.
Why Sydney Speaking School?
Aside from our teaching philosophy being almost unique in a world of increasingly mass produced education, Sydney Speaking School (and the other Australian Speaking Schools) are organisations that have grown out of the idea that every student is able to speak in public with a little practice.
The founders of the Australian Speaking Schools mentality, Mark Slaven and Daniel Dummer, were both rather average public speakers during their school years. Both joined the debating circuit at university, and were roundly defeated in their early tournaments. It was only through perseverance and hard work that they both grew as public speakers, eventually running national tournaments, winning various other competitions around Australia and successfully representing their university and competing in championships around the globe.
The Australian Speaking Schools are what they wish they could have attended when they were at school.