Debating and Public Speaking

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 participate in the Townsville Interschool Debating competition.  We have teams in the Year 7 & 8 Debating, Junior and Senior categories.

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.

Ms Kelly McBean
P: 4755 3534

Public Speaking

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

‚?? Maya Angelou

North Ward Campus (Years 7-12):
Public speakers are "on their own", so to speak, needing to learn and apply the structure and protocols of a good speech to engage and impress the audience.

An effective public speaker calls on several highly regarded skills. Firstly, the speaker must be well prepared and become immersed in the topic. Vocal technique needs to be developed and well honed. To be truly successful, the speaker needs to be both engaging and entertaining.

Public Speaking is open to all students to engage in School-based heats for selection in Interschool competitions which operate at Regional, State and National levels. Students have participated in Rostrum Voice of Youth, Legacy Junior Public Speaking, The Plain English and Apex Interschool Public Speaking competitions.

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.

Mrs Judy Nielsen
P: 4755 3528

Gavel Club


“Toast, anyone?”
“Yes, please”.
To make a ‘toast’ as a mark of honour comes from the Roman practice of dropping a piece of burnt bread into bad wine to make it more palatable. In Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Falstaff asks for toast to be put in his ‘quart of sack’, and the modern use of the word ‘toasting’ began. Toasting became so popular in the 17th and 18th centuries that the craft of Toastmasters came into being.

Our Townsville Grammar Toastmasters International School Gavel Club provides you with an opportunity to:

  • belong to a dynamic School Club
  • develop meeting procedural practices
  • acquire important work skills for your future career
  • enhance your Public Speaking skills
  • enrich your Leadership skills

As the Australian demographer Bernard Salt remarked, 

“The next things the workforce of the future will require are soft skills like the ability to fit in seamlessly and to relocate and to adapt to different circumstances. It is the ability to walk up to a group and to self-confidently introduce yourself and to ask questions.” 

Our School Gavel Club is open to Junior and Senior School students, and this provides a refreshing mix of students of varying ages. 

The Gavel Club meet every second Monday 3:30 to 4:30. 

Mrs Judy Nielsen
P: 4755 3528

Contact our Campuses

North Ward Campus
45 Paxton Street
Townsville QLD 4810
(07) 4722 4900

Annandale Campus
1 Brazier Drive
Annandale QLD 4814
(07) 4412 4800

North Shore Campus
70-90 North Shore Bvd
Burdell QLD 4818
(07) 4412 6600


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