The Art of Communication

The popular debating and public speaking program offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop their oratory and research skills.

Debating and public speaking are powerful teaching tools because they cover a range of learning areas and outcomes that help to build social and emotional skills, critical thinking, communication, leadership, teamwork, and more.

At the heart of debating is a dedication to logical and critical thinking. Students need to undertake in-depth research and question the information and sources they find. They must explore different aspects and perspectives of a topic.

Creative and Persuasive

Debating is also about creativity 鈥 being able to come up with ideas to present a topic in interesting and effective ways, combined with the confidence and presentation skills to make a persuasive argument.

Our students compete in the Debating Association of Victoria (DAV) inter-school competition, Mooting and House Oratory competitions.


The World Economic Forum reports that adults will need ten key skills to thrive in the workplace in 2025鈥 which is just around the corner!

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Coordinating with others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive flexibility

Debating and public speaking help students develop these critical skills and be ready to tackle the dynamic future of work.