Who we are.
Who are our coaches?
Canberra Speaking School has put together a team of world class, fun, welcoming coaches to run our holiday programs.
Our coaches know everything debating and public speaking. Between them, they have won the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships; represented Australia at the World Schools Debating Championship; come first in Australia in the Certificate of Communications exam; won the National Evatt Competition (the largest model United Nations competition in Australia); and been a finalist in the NSW Plain English Speaking Competition.
We don’t just make sure that our coaches are the best in their field – we make sure that they can really teach, too. Many of our coaches come from a drama or teaching background, which allows them to explain complex debating and public speaking concepts in a simple way.
Check back soon for some photographs and profiles of our coaches!
How are our coaches selected?
In Person Interview
to ensure that the coach meets our high standards.
to verify that the coach is an appropriate choice.
Working With Vulnerable People Check
to make sure that the coach is safe to work with children.
Inducted and Trained
to guarantee that the coach knows and understands our teaching philosophy.
Below are profiles of just some of our coaches…
Callum is one of the top debaters in the world for his age group. During high school, he was in the Queensland State Debating Team, and was selected as part of the Australian Debating Team that competed at the World Schools Debating Championships, where he was ranked the 11th best speaker.
Since leaving school and moving to ANU, where he is studying Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Asian Studies, Callum has already achieved exceptional results. He currently holds the title of winning the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championship, where he also won the award for Best Speaker in the Grand Final, and was 7th best speaker in the tournament overall. It is therefore no surprise that Callum is also the recipient of ANU’s Tuckwell Scholarship.
Callum loves giving back to debating, at Canberra Speaking School is one of his favourite ways of doing it – helping children build their confidence and learn how to argue effectively is very rewarding to him.
Penny, from Sydney, had a range of debating and public speaking successes. In 2015, she won the National Scholarship for Excellence from the Australian Speech and Communications Association for receiving the top mark in the Certificate of Communications. She has reached the grand final of a number of prestigious Sydney debating competitions, including the Archdale Competition and the JA Thompson History Debating Competition.
She also loves helping out kids: she volunteered as a childcare supervisor and kitchen-hand at a community centre called ‘Our Big Kitchen’, and was responsible for running cooking workshops and activities for children. There, she helped teach over 60 children at once. Penny is bubbly and very fond kids, debating and public speaking – she combines all of these attributes perfectly as a coach of Canberra Speaking School.
Ally, hailing from Perth, is another one of our talented coaches – she was the Debating Captain of Perth College (a prestigious WA private school) in 2016, and has had a number of successes in debating throughout high school, including winning both the Western Australia Debating League Novice Debating Grand Final and Junior Debating Grand Final, both important interschool competitions in Perth.
Ally is a keen learner herself. She was awarded the Best All Round Student Award in year 12 and is presently studying Law at ANU. Ally loves kids – before moving to Canberra, she was an umpire and coach at Perth College Netball Academy. With Canberra Speaking School, Ally wants to continue her love for teaching by helping kids feel more comfortable with themselves through our debating and public speaking workshops.
Sophie, from Sydney, has been debating since Year 5. In high school she was part of the highly successful team that won the NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge three times, and the Eastside competition twice. Sophie also has a strong drama background – she was involved in both the NSW State Drama Ensembles Program and, in 2016, the NSW State Drama Company.
Sophie’s been coaching netball on the side now for a number of years, and keeps helping out with both that and Canberra Speaking School because of her love of teaching – seeing children come out of their shell because of debating or public speaking training is an extremely rewarding experience. She has continued debating into university, where she recently adjudicated debates at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships.
Julia attended Narrabundah College in Year 11 and 12, where she achieved an ATAR of 99.55. She continued her academic success at university where she maintains a High Distinction average for Law.
She has plenty of debating accolades: she has been one of the top adjudicators at both the Australasian Debating Championships and the Australian Debating Championship, and is also the current Secretary of the ANU Debating Society.
Despite debating keeping her busy, Julia has the time to give back to the community: she volunteers at the Women’s Legal Centre ACT, and has previously volunteered at Legal Aid ACT. Canberra Speaking School is another way for Julia to give back to the Canberra community, and she hopes to help children build the confidence and skills they need to be great communicators.
Jordyn’s come to Canberra from over the pond. In Tasmania, Jordyn was Debating Co-Captain of Scotch Oakburn College, where she won the main high school debating competition offered, and was winner of the Mitchell Thurman Senior Debating Award for two years in a row. Once she finished school, she got experience coaching a class of Year 6 to Year 8 debaters, and also adjudicated routinely for a debating competition.
Jordyn came to the Australian National University to study Law and International Relations, where she has kept up her keen interest in debating. She debated at the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championships in April 2017, and adjudicated the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships later in the year. Jordyn enjoys helping out kids – she has been a mentor with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, and uses those skills when teaching kids about rebuttal, models or how to construct the perfect argument!