The St Columba Debating Team recently traveled to Grafton to compete in the 3rd Round of the statewide HICES Debating Competition, competing against other Independent Schools from across the Northern Region.
One of the deliberate difficulties of debating is, of course, that the team must argue the side designated to them, not necessarily that which they instinctively agree with. Our teams were challenged by some meaty topics including “That Australians should not have an opinion on Donald Trump” and that “The International Symbol of Disability should be changed”.
The teams acquitted themselves with intellect, style, and aplomb, with
In the first week of next term, the team will again travel to Grafton to compete in the final two rounds of the Northern Competition. The overall winners for each stage will then move to the final rounds against teams from other regions.
Congratulations to all team members for their debating prowess and importantly, for their outstanding representation of the School community.
Year 6 – Adam Hempsell, Annabelle Pollitt, Amelia Stanfield-Gates, Imogen Farley
Year 7/8 – Isabella Rodriguez, Lachlan Price, Georgia Stanfield-Gates, Aarohi Deshmukh
Year 9/10 – Nicola Awad, Matilda Lindeman, Adam K, Jinuki Senanayake
Year 11/12 – Laura Stewart, Joshua Jones, Olivia Stanley, Emilia Price
Ms Elissa Strahley