Townsville Grammar School has a very active and successful Debating and Public Speaking programme as part of the co-curricular life of the School.


North Ward Campus (Years 7 - 12):
All students from Years 7 - 12, have the opportunity to partake in Interschool Debating. Townsville Grammar School enters a Junior and Senior team in the Apex Debating Competition held nation wide. 

Annandale Campus (Pre-Prep - Year 6):
Debating is for Year 6 at the Junior School and exists as an interhouse competition. The competition runs mainly in Term 4, weekly until two finalists emerge. Every student has the opportunity to debate and then teams put forward their best candidates for the finals series. Students learn how to present arguments and points of view, and also learn the etiquette of debating, including the roles of the speakers, learning how to rubuff / rebuke an argument, summarising and presenting an point of view with conviction.

Public Speaking

North Ward Campus (Years 7-12):
Public Speaking is open to all students to engage in School-based heats for selection in interschool competitions which operate at a regional and whole state level.

Annandale Campus (Pre-Prep - Year 6):
The Annandale Campus has two public speaking events in its calendar.  The Junior School Public Speaking Competition is the culmination of the work students have completed in class in the Speaking and Listening strand of the English curriculum.  The final is held in the evening to allow parents and guest to come and enjoy the oratory talents of our young students.

This event is followed by the Townsville Grammar Interschool Public Speaking Competition. The top public speakers at the Junior School compete against the best Townsville has to offer at this highly competitive event.  Judges are kindly provided by Toastmasters and this is yet another opportunity for our students to shine.