Public Speaking and Debating

Public Speaking and Debating at TAS is fostered through a club environment which seeks to build the profile of this endeavour both within the school and the broader community through a range of activities and events.


Starting in Junior School where key concepts are introduced, Debating is a mainstay of the co-curricular offering at TAS. In both Middle and Senior Schools Debating opportunities are varied: against other Armidale schools as part of the Tri-Schools Debating competition (for Middle School students); other schools from across Australia as part of the National Virtual Debating Competition organised by the NSW Association of Independent Schools and an inter-house competition (at both Middle and Senior School level) which accrues points for the Clemson Cup for Public Speaking and Debating. In recent years there have also been Students v Staff debates and School v Old Armidalians’ debates. Students will be notified about Debating meetings in the early weeks of Term 1 of each year.

Public Speaking

In both Middle and Senior School, students take part in the public speaking section of the inter-house competition for the Clemson Cup. Conducted in Term 3, the Middle School competition is held in the Hoskins Centre, whilst the Senior School competition is held during a special whole-of-school Assembly Held in the Hoskins Centre in front of a capacity audience, an always-entertaining showcase of skilful oratory, youthful confidence and wit. Other opportunities include the Speaking for the Planet (Year 10) and Rotary (Year 11) public speaking competitions; TAS has also fielded competitors in the Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition for GPS/CAS Schools.

For further information contact the┬áPublic Speaking co-ordinator Mr Tim Hughes at [email protected]