We have had a very successful week competing in the NSW Premiers Debating Challenge via Zoom.
On Friday 29 August the Year 7 and 8 team, consisting of Abhishek Amada, Matilda Stewart, Matilda Miller and Drew de Silva were victorious over the team from Toormina High School, taking the affirmative side on the topic "that private tutors should be banned." Despite a few technological hiccups, the team spoke very well, articulating strong arguments and receiving very positive feedback from the adjudicator.
On Monday 31 August the Year 9 and 10 team competed against Kempsey High School and also emerged as winners. The team consisted of Jorjabelle Munday, Sophie Anderson, Isabella Hodge-O'Brien and Patch Rudd. They argued on the affirmative side of the topic "that classes should be organised by ability instead of age." The Year 9 and 10's also presented very strong arguments and convinced the adjudicator of their case.
On Tuesday 1 September, the Year 7 and 8 had their Round Two debate against Nambucca High School. This week, Oliver Horner from Year 7 filled-in for Matilda Miller as fourth speaker. They were given the negative side of the argument that "Year 7 and 8 students should never use technology at school." Again, they worked well together to come up with a solid argument and were able to overcome their opponents.
Year 7 and 8 will have their Round Three debate in Week 10 and Year 9 and 10 with have their second round in Week 8.
Thanks to TAS, CAPA and HSIE for helping to provide rooms to zoom these debates in.