Free Debate recently ran two 3-week programs at Auburn High School and Camberwell High School through Boroondara Cares.
At Auburn High School, our trainers worked with a group of approximately 12 student leaders from year seven through to 12. Over the three weeks, the students reviewed the skills they’d learned in the previous Free Debate program, workshopped speeches about things they would change in their communities and refined their speech writing skills. Our trainers also ran confidence workshops where students were encouraged to focus on the delivery of a famous speech rather than its content. As these students have participated in Free Debate training previously, they also took part in 3-on-3 prepared debates, presenting many well-developed arguments with a lot of confidence.
Over at the nearby Camberwell High School, our trainers worked with a slightly less experienced group of 15 students from year 10 to 12, introducing them to Free Debate’s mission, as well as our three Cs – confidence, content and clarity. Over the three weeks, students also participated in a Russian roulette debate activity and focussed on understanding the difference between new and old content. The training culminated with students delivering prepared speeches, showcasing the skills they had learned and presenting a variety of interesting ideas.
Students from both schools participated in the programs with great enthusiasm and performed exceptionally well.