Sydney Catholic Regional Debating Competition

This term a wide range of girls from years 7 to 12 participated in the 5 rounds of the Sydney Catholic Regional debating competition, some with great success. There are always copious amounts of volunteers for debating, which is always so appreciated – we had more than 20 year 7’s volunteer this year! Unfortunately we weren’t able to take all the girls who volunteered, however their enthusiasm did not go unnoticed.

Every Wednesday, the girls were required to stay back after school and compete against a local Catholic school, debating an unseen topic with only 40 minutes to prepare. Our debating teams are open to everyone, with no prior experience required; although we had girls who participated in public speaking in term 1 join the debating teams, majority of our teams were made up of girls who were solely interested in debating. Each girl was thoroughly devoted and tried their best – they were able to have fun and meet girls from other year groups. It was clear that by the end of round 5 every girl was far more confident in their debating skills and excited to debate again next year!

A BIG congratulations to our year 8 and year 10 team who made it to the semi-finals and will be competing at OLMC on the 14 June. We wish them the best of luck.

I would also like to say a big thank you to ALL our volunteers and to Mrs. Georgiou and Mr. Martin who sacrificed their time after school to help prepare our girls, set up rooms and the staff room, and welcome guests. I am wholeheartedly grateful for all the work you put in.

An overall congratulations to all the teams and a massive thank you to everybody who helped! Hope to see you all next year!

 

Stefanie Krieg, Debating & Public Speaking Prefect