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Mon, 11 July


Harrison Public School

2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Canberra

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2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Canberra
2022 Term 2 Holiday Program - Canberra

Time & Location

11 July 2022, 9:30 am AEST – 15 July 2022, 4:00 pm AEST

Harrison Public School, 20 Wimmera St, Harrison ACT 2914, Australia

About the event

Speech and Debate Holiday Workshops

"The leaders of the future are ex-debaters" (Forbes, 2014).  

For those who commit to speech and debate, it offers a lifetime of benefits. Debate teaches how to persuade, how to present clearly and how to connect with an audience. These skills are exactly what future employers will be looking for in their young employees. That comfort of speaking in front of others is useful in so many aspects of life, from interviews to school presentations to discussions in seminars.  

Beyond the skills built while students are speaking, the preparation for competition teaches critical thinking and research skills as well. It tests and builds that ability by enabling students to see both sides of the issue. Debaters learn to explain their own ideas, support their ideas with evidence and assess sources and viewpoints.  Above all, debating is fun! It gives students a rare opportunity to take ownership of their own intellectual development. A great way of building collaboration and teamwork as well!

Topic: Speech and Debate Introductory (Level 1)

Age group: Suitable for Year 4 and above

Time: 9:30am-4pm; 11 July

This introductory class is suitable for students with no debating experience. Throughout the day they will learn the fundamentals of formal arguments, and the key elements of the debate, and participate in a full formal debate with the class. Learning activities will include understanding the concepts and key terms of debate, recognizing and forming arguments and public speaking skills. The student will leave with a foundational skill set to begin engagement in debating activities.

Essential Questions for Sessions

● Session 1: Making a good argument

○ What are the foundations of argument?

○ How do we convince people?

○ What makes strong evidence?

○ What is distinct about the formal argument?

● Session 2: What is debate

○ What are the rules and structure of debate?

○ What are the key terms in a debate?

○ How do you prepare for each part of the debate?

● Session 3: Public Speaking

○ What techniques help make strong debate delivery?

○ How are prepared speaking and limited preparation speaking similar and different?

○ Why is listening just as important as speaking in the debate?

○ How do we listen well?

● Session 4: Final Debate

○ How do I prepare and deliver a debate

Topic: Speech and Debate Challenge (Level 2)

Age group: Suitable for Year 4 and above

Time: 9:30am-4pm; 13 July

This class is suitable for students who have completed our Level 1 workshop or have had some prior exposure or experience with debate. Throughout the day students will learn how to develop strong arguments and break down their opponents and will engage in two full in-class debates. Learning activities will focus on argumentation and speaking skills with a high focus on practice opportunities.

Essential Questions for Sessions

● Session 1: Making a strong debate

○ What are the key concepts and terms in the debate?

○ What is rhetoric?

○  How do we use argumentation techniques in the debate?

○ How can you make an argument more sophisticated?

● Session 2: Debate 1

○ How do I prepare and deliver a debate

● Session 3: Elaboration

○ How do I develop my ideas?

○ How do I clearly explain my ideas

○ What is the difference between complex and simple argument

● Session 4: Counter arguments

○ How can I plan for the opposition’s arguments ahead of time?

○ How can I use counterarguments to make my own position stronger?

○ What is the best way to attack an opponent's argument?

○ Why is it important to align rebuttals with the opposition's argument?

● Session 5: Debate 2

○ How do I prepare and deliver a debate

Junior Journalism Holiday Workshop

Reporters and journalists impact all of our lives!

The stories they deem worthy, the viewpoints they offer, and the information they share cement a lasting imprint on yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's readers. Those who do the job in a way that communicates reliable information, critical data, unforgettable moments, and a focus on the best of humanity are also serving all of us who depend on them to tell what is valid and important

Topic: Junior Journalism Workshop

Age group: Suitable for Year 4 and above

Time: 9:30am-4pm; 15 July

In this holiday workshop, we will dive deep into the world of journalism and gain some insight into this fascinating area of news reporting! Students are guided through an in-depth exploration of media literacy and learn how to become critical journalists. It's the perfect opportunity for kids to build on skills for researching, interviewing, on-the-ground reporting, photography and art research. Want to write about the news of the world, culture, art, music, sports or the environment? This is the workshop for you!

● Session 1: What is Journalism

○ Why is journalism important?

○ What do journalists do?

○ What is Newsworthiness?

● Session 2: The Art of Interviewing

○ How do you conduct a good interview?

○ How do you prepare?

○ What are good interview questions?

○ How should you respond to an interviewee?

● Session 3: Journalistic Photography

○ What makes a good photo?

○ How is journalistic photography different from standard photography?

○ What is a good photo caption?

● Session 4: Writing For Journalism

○ How is Journalistic writing different from other types of writing? In form? In purpose?

○ What are the different types of journalistic writing?

● Session 5: Design, Edit & Present

○ How can we use visuals to help tell our stories?


  • Ticket Price:  $120 per ticket (one full day) 
  • Early-bird discount ends on 19 June. Enter discount code EARLYBIRD10 to get $10 off per ticket.
  • Come with friends? Group discount code is available for a group of at least three people. Please contact us at

Teaching Team

The teachers/learning facilitators at New Path Education are professional, experienced, well qualified and trained within their professions and have great passion and enthusiasm to build up children's essential skills in a creative, innovative and engaging way. All NPE learning facilitators have WWCC and have rich experience in teaching and facilitating learning for different age groups. All NPE programs are pedagogically guided, mentored and reviewed by teachers or educational researchers to ensure their highest quality in content and learning outcome.  Get to know more about our wonderful team of talents @ NPE here!

Program Schedule

The educational program starts at 9:30 am and finishes at 4 pm. Supervision is provided before and after the program. Parents can drop off from 9-9:30 am and pick up from 4-4.30 pm. During the day there will be multiple breaks (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

What to bring?

We will provide all devices, equipment and materials so all your kids need to bring are:

  • Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea
  • Water bottle
  • Children are to wear comfortable clothes with closed shoes. Please note that enclosed shoes are mandatory for safety reasons.


We will be using the school Science Room for our three-day workshop. Next to the science building there are parking spaces available for parents' drop-off and pickup. A site map will be provided here as well as via email after your registration. 

Cancellation Policy

If your child is unable to attend the workshop, please notify us as soon as possible via email. We will issue a credit voucher (cancellation fees apply) that can be used in any future NPE programs. 

A cancellation fee of $50 will apply if more than 24 hours notice (before 9:30 am the day prior to the day of the class) is provided. If the cancellation notice is given less than 24 hours (one day) prior to the day of the class, a late cancellation fee (50% of the ticket value) will apply. 

If your child is unable to attend due to sickness, please get in touch with us, we could issue the credit voucher for you to use in the future. No cancellation fee will be charged. 

For notification or any questions, please email us at:


  • Speech and Debate Intro

    This introductory class is suitable for students with no debating experience.

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  • Speech and Debate Challenge

    This intermediate class is suitable for students who have had prior exposure or experience with debate.

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  • Junior Journalist Challenge

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