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Debating & Public Speaking


“Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent and debate” – Hubert H. Humphrey, former US Vice President

The Debating program at St Pius X offers students the rewarding opportunity to work in teams, developing their abilities in advocacy through an active and dynamic sport. Regular coaching sessions at school hone skills and strengthen peer relationships. Teams are selected on merit and ability each year to compete in the regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition, with many progressing into the country and state-wide competitions held in Sydney. 

“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it” – Joseph Joubert, French essayist

Participation in the St Pius X High School Debating program has a range of benefits and students are widely encouraged to become involved. Many participants find their communication skills improve as well as their self-confidence, as debating uses collaborative skills, intelligence, wit and logic to define and appraise issues from different perspectives. St Pius X High School Debating teams develop their abilities in advocacy through the presentation of arguments in clear, persuasive language. Therefore, it can be said that excellence in debating corresponds with intellectual and educational growth.

“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me” – Dudley Field Malone

Public Speaking

“If you can speak, you can influence. If you can influence, you can change lives” – Rob Brown

The Public Speaking program at St Pius X offers a range of enriching experiences for students to develop their communication skills in a supportive and social environment. Students get the chance to compete in a range of competitions each year including the Catholic Schools Office Secondary Public Speaking Competition and the United Nations Voice Competition, which offers state-wide finals held in Sydney. Coaching sessions at school help students discover their voice and overcome the fear of speaking to an audience.

“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart” – John Ford

Students who participate in the St Pius X Public Speaking program acquire enhanced presentation skills to engage and influence an audience. Participants are not only given opportunities to become confident speakers and powerful communicators, but develop the essential qualities of strong and successful leaders.

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere” – Lee Iacocca