Our students have the opportunity to compete in a number of debating competitions, usually including The Premier’s Debating Challenge and Rotary Debating Knock-Out.
They are provided guidance and practise in debating technique during lunch time and class sessions.
Teams consist of four students, with one acting as the team’s adviser in the preparation room and during the debate. The competition is run in three sections: Year 7 & 8, Year 9 & 10 and Year 11.
The Premier’s Debating Challenge involves one-hour preparation debates. Teams do not know the topic or the side they are on until one hour prior to the start of the debate.
The adjudicating process follows the guidelines used by The Arts Unit. The adjudicator assesses students’ knowledge of the subject matter, sincerity in the presentation of material, skilful development of an argument and the effective use of plain English.
All students involved receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. Certificates are also be awarded to the teams who win their Zone. Medallions are also awarded to the team members of teams who reach the State Finals. A perpetual trophy is awarded to the State Champions in each division.
For Year 7 and 8 students, the speaking time is six minutes with a warning bell at four minutes. A continuous bell is rung at seven minutes. The competition usually commences in July with Regional Finals in October.
For Year 9 and 10 students, the speaking time is eight minutes with a warning bell at six minutes. A continuous bell is rung at nine minutes. The competition usually commences in May with Finals in August. In 2008, the State Final will be held on Friday 31 October at the Art Gallery of NSW.
For Year 11 students, the speaking time of each team member is ten minutes with a warning bell at eight minutes. A continuous bell is rung at eleven minutes. The competition usually commences in March with Finals held in June.
The Rotary Debating Knock-Out competion allows students to practise their debating skills, with an emphasis on manner (presentation). They are provided with the topic a day in advance to assist them in preparing researched debate matter (content).
Information regarding the efforts and achievements of our teams will be featured on our website, as it becomes available.