Discover your voice and have confidence in the expression of your thoughts

There are many opportunities in the field of Oratory at Collegiate. Learning how to express yourself verbally and to put your point of view across in a public forum is vitally important, which is why girls at all levels are encouraged to join in debating, public speaking competitions and opportunities to speak in assemblies and as a representative of the School.

Collegiate debating teams from Years 7 to 12 participate in the Southern Schools competition. Debating develops important argumentative and persuasion skills, assists in becoming an effective speaker, and allows students to meet new people, make new friends and become part of a vibrant and inclusive community. Public speaking competitions, such as those run by Legacy, Rostrum and Lions in Hobart, help Collegiate students improve their communicative skills in a challenging and fun manner.

Students in Years 11 and 12 are offered the opportunity to participate in the UNYA State Conference. Students are challenged to represent a country and take the position of that country in mock debates on a variety of global issues. Some students are selected to attend the National Conference, which is usually in July.

Youth Parliament is an invaluable experience for girls who are interested in learning more about how their government works, and for those who wish to have an input into Government policy. In addition to these activities, interested senior students are encouraged to apply for such initiatives as National Youth Roundtable and the Schools Constitutional Convention, held in Canberra each year.


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