Public Speaking


Marymount has a proud debating history with some impressive achievements in the Gold Coast Debating Association Competition.

Debating develops communication, teamwork and logical thinking skills that assist in all areas of the curriculum. Students who enjoy a challenge find debating an exciting and rewarding extra curricula activity that provides an opportunity to represent the college.  Debating is also an impressive addition to resumes and university scholarship applications.

Debates are conducted on Wednesday nights at 6.00pm at various high school locations around the Gold Coast. There are four preliminary debates in Semester 1 with the four knock finals in Semester 2. Coaching is usually on Tuesday afternoons after school. 

The Gold Coast Debating Association conducts a free summer school for students at Bond University at the start of each year. Sessions run for two hours, with introductory and advanced courses as well as adjudication courses. Many past debating students offer their time to help us fulfill our adjudication obligations.


Bond University's Faculty of Law conducts an annual mooting competition involving student representatives from secondary schools around Australia. The competition has expanded from eight schools in its inaugural year of 1989 to current numbers of well over 120 schools. It is the only national competition of its type. It is not only intended for those students who are interested in a career in law - although they will undoubtedly find the competition to be of particular interest - but for all students keen to expand their horizons.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking at Marymount College aims to develop skills such as communication and leadership through participation in a variety of competitions. The development of skills in analysis and practice in expressing ideas clearly and logically.

Rostrum Voice of Youth

The RVOY speaking competition, which has been conducted by Australian Rostrum since 1975, is aimed at developing the communication skills of the youth of Australia. It provides the opportunity for our future leaders to practise their public speaking skills and for the community to recognise those with outstanding ability. The competition is open to full-time secondary school students throughout Australia who meet the age criteria.


  • Lessons - individually or in pairs to suit students' needs and interests.
  • Speech and Drama Examinations - results recorded on Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). e.g. AMEB Voice and Communication or Drama and Performance Fifth Grade or above in Years 11 or 12
  • Festivals and Eisteddfods
  • Self esteem and confidence in Oral Presentations.
  • Assistance to overcome speech problems
  • Help for ESL students