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Debating and Public Speaking

The ability to speak persuasively and think critically to craft an argument builds a student’s personal capacity to succeed in all aspects of life. Central Coast Grammar School’s strong Debating and Public Speaking programs develop confident, articulate speakers.

CCGS Debating and Public Speaking

Our students are given plenty of opportunities to get used to and feel comfortable presenting to an audience. This practice continues throughout their schooling with regular class presentations, assemblies, School Services and the performing arts, allowing students to develop in confidence and skill. In Term 4 each year, our successful public speakers present a showcase of their oratory skills at the annual Debating and Public Speaking Presentation Evening. They have many opportunities to refine their skills and test their powers of persuasion through school, inter-school, local and state-wide competitions.


  • CCGS Debating and Public Speaking Workshops
  • Josie Mitchell Debating Competition
  • Junior Legacy Public Speaking Competition


  • UNYA (United Nations Youth Australia) Public Speaking competition
  • Rostrum Voice of the Youth


  • CCGS Inter House Debating and Public Speaking Competitions
  • HICES Debating Competition
  • Josie Mitchell Public Speaking Competition
  • Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition


  • Lions Youth of the Year
  • Macquarie Schools’ Cup Debating Competition
  • Mock Trial
  • MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
  • Probus Cup Debating Competition
  • Rostrum Voice of Youth
  • Rotary Inter-Schools Debating Competition
  • SMH (Sydney Morning Herald) Plain English Speaking Competition
  • UNYA (United Nations Youth Australia) Evatt Trophy - Model United Nations Security Council Competition