The Art of Communication

The popular debating and public speaking program offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop their oratory and research skills.

Debating and public speaking are powerful teaching tools because they cover a range of learning areas and outcomes that help to build social and emotional skills, critical thinking, communication, leadership, teamwork, and more.

At the heart of debating is a dedication to logical and critical thinking. Students need to undertake in-depth research and question the information and sources they find. They must explore different aspects and perspectives of a topic.

Creative and Persuasive

Debating is also about creativity 鈥 being able to come up with ideas to present a topic in interesting and effective ways, combined with the confidence and presentation skills to make a persuasive argument.

Our students compete in the Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) inter-school competition, Mooting and House Oratory competitions.

Future-proofing

The World Economic Forum reports that adults will need ten key skills to thrive in the workplace in 2025鈥 which is just around the corner!

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Coordinating with others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive flexibility

Debating and public speaking help students develop these critical skills and be ready to tackle the dynamic future of work.