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Woonona High School

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Debating and Public Speaking


Every year, students from Years 7 - 12 have many opportunities to participate in Debating and Public speaking within the school and in the wider community.

Each year Woonona High School enters teams in the Premier's Debating Challenge as well as participating in the University of Wollongong debating gala day. Primary students will also have the opportunity to participate and hone their debating schools in a Debating Gala day organised through the Community of Schools, to be held in Term 3.

Every year students have the opportunity to compete in the Rotary Model United Nations Assembly held at Nan Tien Temple. Woonona High School won the Regional finals and travelled to Canberra to compete against students from around Australia in 2013. Leadership as well as public speaking skills are developed through students participating in the Lions Club 'Youth of the Year' competition and the 'Zonta' youth leadership awards. In 2016 one of our Year 12 school leaders won the  Woonona 'Youth of the Year.'



For the last three years Woonona High School has hosted the Illawarra finals in the Legacy public speaking competition. Students also participate in the South Coast Public Speaking Competition held at Holy Spirit College. Every year Woonona High School has students placing in their heats, in all age levels at this competition. Public speakers also have the opportunity to participate in the United Nations 'Voice of Youth' public speaking competition where they deliver a prepared and impromptu speech. Public speaking is supported through students practising these skills, with their peers, within English classes. Students also travel to our feeder primary schools to give speeches to primary students as part of our community of Schools.