Debating and Public Speaking

Thomas Carr College is proud to be a member of the Debating Association of Victoria School Competition. The event comprises of a series of highly competitive debating rounds which spans nineteen school regions.


Thomas Carr College students usually debate at Williamstown High School, competing in all Grades of the competition (A to D). In the past, our senior teams have performed admirably thus participation from students in junior year levels is encouragedIn 2006 the school entered three teams of students competing at D Grade level (Year 7–9). This competition is popular amongst parents and staff. Each team has a dedicated debating coach and each round is an opportunity for students, parents, and staff to embrace the school spirit.

Thomas Carr College also participates in the annual Wyndham Youth Public Speaking Competition, a community project jointly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hoppers Crossing and the Hoppers Crossing Apex Club. The contest enables students to further develop Oral Presentation skills as Section 1 of the competition involves the delivery of a prepared speech of five minutes duration on a topic of the speaker’s choice. Section 2 is an impromptu speech of two minutes based on an unknown topic. Students who have represented the College in the past have done so most meritoriously.

Both Debating and Public Speaking have tremendous benefits for students who learn how to construct lucid, cogent speeches on specific topics whilst developing confidence when delivering a speech to an audience.