Co-Curriculum - Debating & Public Speaking

Did you know that debating is a higher order thinking skill and is quite difficult to master? The process of debating offers profound and lasting benefits for those students involved. With its emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork, debate teaches skills that serve students well in all aspects of their school life. Once students have learnt how to debate, they are better able to critically examine and express a logical point of view.

Debating is an integral part of the Gifted and Talented Program at Hunter School of the Performing Arts. Our success in several competitions is a direct reflection of the dedication and skill set of our students. Debating helps students to think logically whilst also promoting communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills in students.

Debating allows students to create connections to their knowledge and form logical persuasive arguments in a specific context, whilst also having fun. Debating has strict rules of conduct and quite sophisticated arguing techniques and students will often be in a position where they will have to argue the opposite of what they believe. Debate is the perfect platform for students to extend their analytical thinking skills.

Students are able to audition for all debating teams during Term One of the school year. Competitions include The Premier's Debating Challenge (Yrs 7-12).

Public Speaking
Public speaking encourages the correct use of spoken English. It enhances oral communication skills and promotes research skills. Most importantly, it increases levels of confidence and self-esteem. HSPA has an impressive track record of success with public speaking. We are very proud of our students!

Competitions include the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award  and The Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award for our senior students.


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