The Premier's Debating Challenge is open to all NSW government schools, to develop the public speaking and reasoning skills of students from Years 5 to 11 in 2020 and

This year Hastings Secondary College has entered two teams into the Premier Debating Challenge.

The Year 7 and 8 team debated against Penrith Selective High School on Friday, October 30.

The topic was 'That all zoos should be banned.' The debate was of very high quality, with both teams receiving praise and extensive feedback from the adjudicator. Unfortunately, our team narrowly lost to Penrith and were knocked out of this year’s competition. This debate was the first final round of the NSW Premiers Debating Challenge, putting the Port Macquarie Campus team in the top six of the state. Although they were disappointed, they enjoyed the debate and are proud to be zone champions.

The team consisted of Abhishek Amada (1st speaker), Drew De Silva (2nd speaker), Matilda Stewart (3rd speaker), Oliver Horner (4th speaker) and Matilda Miller (Chairperson).

The Year 9 and 10 team debated against Gosford High School on Friday, October 23.

They won this round and competed against Normanhurst Boys High School on Friday, November 6. They debated on the affirmative side of the challenging topic of 'That we should remove all taxes on farmers in times of drought.'

Both teams presented strong and articulate arguments on this topic. Although the team were not as confident of the outcome after the debate, the adjudicator was very impressed by the speakers on our team and awarded them the victory. This week they will debate against Port Hacking High, with two debates remaining before the State final.

The Year 9 and 10 team consists of Charlotte Mansfield, Jorjabelle Munday, Patch Rudd and Hannah Stewart.