Debating and public speaking
At Randwick Boys’ High School there are a number of opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular English, including joining a debating team or representing the school in various public speaking competitions. These competitions gave students the opportunity to develop a range of skills necessary in life beyond the classroom. Debating and public speaking provides students with the opportunity to develop their cognitive and presentational skills by arranging rational, reasoned arguments. Debating and public speaking fosters confidence and enables students to acquire valuable skills such as researching, organising, and presenting information in a compelling fashion.
Through these experiences RBHS students were provided with the opportunity to gain broad, multi-faceted knowledge of disciplines outside their normal academic subjects, foster self-esteem, engage in rigorous higher order and critical thinking skills, improve note-taking skills and team work.