Years 7 - 9 Holiday Programs


new speaking skills and techniques.



in a welcoming and comfortable environment.


your ability as a public speaker and debater.

Our Year 7 – 9 Public Speaking Courses

For those in early secondary school who are both interested in learning more about public speaking, or applying their skills in novel situations.

Our Year 7 – 9 Debating Courses

For those in who have entered high school who are either keen to get more involved in debating, or want to improve their skills.

Interested in enrolling in one of our Year 7 – 9 Programs?

Check out the below upcoming dates and venues for more details.

15jan(jan 15)9:00 am17(jan 17)9:00 amFoundations of Debating (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the Shore School, North Sydney

16jan(jan 16)9:00 am17(jan 17)9:00 amPractice Debates (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the Shore School, North Sydney

18jan(jan 18)9:00 am19(jan 19)9:00 amContinuers Public Speaking (Going Into Years 5 - 9)at the Shore School, North Sydney

18jan(jan 18)9:00 am19(jan 19)9:00 amFoundations of Public Speaking (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the Shore School, North Sydney

22jan(jan 22)9:00 am23(jan 23)9:00 amContinuers Public Speaking (Going Into Years 5 - 9)at the King's School, Parramatta

22jan(jan 22)9:00 am23(jan 23)9:00 amFoundations of Public Speaking (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the King's School, Parramatta

23jan(jan 23)9:00 am25(jan 25)9:00 amFoundations of Debating (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the King's School, Parramatta

24jan(jan 24)9:00 am25(jan 25)9:00 amPractice Debates (Going Into Years 7 - 9)at the King's School, Parramatta

What are people saying about our Year 7 – 9 programs?

Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed the course and advised that she would love to attend another course in the future. She said it was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and couldn’t speak highly enough of her teacher. After completing the course she has a much better understanding of debating, feels confident and is looking forward to competing next term.


My son is starting high school this year and is fantastic to have a school like yours, offering these courses to young people. About the course, he found it enjoyable and extremely useful. Well done guys! Thank you for everything and please keep me updated about your upcoming events.


Great young female teacher, she was a wonderful role model for the girls.


Our son had a great time attending these classes and is keen to do more. Thank you!



of our Year 7-9 students surveyed enjoyed themselves and had fun during our Spring 2017 courses


of our Year 7-9 students surveyed felt their manner improved during our Winter 2017 courses


of Year 7-9 students surveyed want to come back again after attending our Spring 2017 courses


of our Year 7-9 students improved their confidence over our Winter 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.

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