Speak your mind!

The Debating and Public Speaking program is one of St Catherine’s most popular co-curricular offerings with over 100 girls involved each year.

The ability to speak confidently in a public forum is a highly valued skill. Debating develops positive attitudes toward the intellectual exchange of ideas and confidence in preparing, presenting and defending logical argument.

Interschool Debating

Interschool Debating for students from Years 7 to 12 is organised through the Debating Association of Victoria (DAV).

The Senior DAV program, held at Scotch College during Terms 1 through to 3 enables Years 9 to 12 students the opportunity to debate both prepared and, secret topics against teams from other schools in the Hawthorn Region.

The Junior DAV Program, held in Terms 3 and 4, caters for Years 7 and 8 students. Training sessions and ‘friendly debates’ are undertaken over four sessions along with debriefing sessions to consolidate the skills associated with Debating as well as Years 11 and 12 student mentors.

Public Speaking and House Competitions

In addition to interschool programs, a host of opportunities exists for students to further their oratory skills. House Public Speaking and Debating begins in the Junior School with competitions continuing through the Senior School.

A highlight of our program is the Year 12 mentoring program, which involves our oldest students mentoring Years 5 and 6 students, as they prepare and present speeches. Prayer readings at Assembly and the St Catherine’s Leadership Diploma Public Speaking program are also offered throughout the year.

Interested students can participate in a wide variety of community public speaking events including:

  • Lions Youth of the Year Quest
  • Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award
  • Rotary Ainger Public Speaking Award
  • Plain English Speaking Award