Speechcraft Day

Speechcraft Day

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Speechcraft Day at a glance:

Held: Annually in October
Location: Macarthur Anglican School
For: Year 7 – Year 12 students from all HICES schools
More information: admin@hices.nsw.edu.au
Teachers: Please visit our Staff page for more information

After a pandemic pause of a few years, Macarthur Anglican School were thrilled to welcome HICES students back in 2022 for their renowned Speechcraft Day.  

The day was facilitated by NIDA and students from across Year 7 – 12 participated in the four facilitated workshops. 

The morning sessions, titled ‘ Public Speaking 101’ & ‘What’s your Story’, had a practical drama focus to help develop students’ confidence and speaking articulation. 

The afternoon session, which focused on a group speaking task, was a favourite amongst students. Groups were devised from students across all the schools and they spoke about worldly concerns and their possible solutions. Topics included; ‘How can Teenagers properly contribute to environmental discussions?’ In 5 break out rooms schools voted for the best presenters to pitch their ideas to the entire conference (pictured above). 

Overall the day provided students with an important opportunity to develop their public speaking skills while enjoying the company of other students from HICES schools. 

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The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is Australia’s leading centre for education and training in the performing arts.

At Speechcraft Day, NIDA’s Public Speaking and Telling Your Story workshops inspire students to consider…
What makes a great speech memorable? Is it the content, the delivery or the passion? Or is it the perfect blend of each?

Students also discover Public Speaking techniques to engage and enthral audiences and build their confidence to be that memorable speaker. Under the guidance of a NIDA expert develop skills in voice, movement, storytelling and presentation. 

  • Vocal Expression: Investigate effective vocal technique.
  • Communication: Learn strategies to deliver powerful speeches that will engage a variety of audiences.
  • Writing for Presentation: Discover how to effectively research content and use it to construct a speech.
  • Rehearsal and Evaluation: Learn how to practice and gain feedback through a development and rehearsal process.