Siena College has a rich tradition of providing students opportunities to be involved in debating and public speaking.
Students from Years 9 to 12 compete in teams in the Debating Association of Victoria Schools Competition (DAV). During the DAV season students participate in weekly training sessions and prepare for debates with their coaches and team during lunchtimes.
As a prelude to the DAV Competition, Year 8 students have the opportunity to participate in the DAV Junior Secondary Program, which is for students who are new to debating. The program offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to debating as well as three rounds of practice debates.
There are also many informal opportunities for students across all year levels to participate in debating including House debates, and Staff vs Student debates held during SRC Week.
The art of public speaking is a vital life skill and participation in this cocurricular activity provides students with the confidence to speak out on a range of important political, social and economic issues of our day. Students are invited to compete in a wide range of public speaking events across the state, including our own Antonio de Montesinos Award for Excellence in Public Speaking, which is offered to all students in Years 7-12.