15 students participated in the event during Semester 1 where they debated on a broad range of topics including “the use of drones is a breach of privacy, “it is of more value for Australian school students to do exchanges from city to country and vice versa, than to travel overseas, and “we need a referendum to decide whether we change the date of Australia Day”.
English and Drama Teacher Megan said the students met weekly with their coach, IGS alumnus Phoebe Finlayson to discuss the challenging topics which “fall outside the normal academic subjects they study”.
Megan said they undertook research, strategised their arguments and discussed possible rebuttals.
“During the Preliminary round students were not only scored as a team but also on their individual performance at each of the debates,” Megan said.
“Those scores were then compared to determine the best speakers of each region.”
Harriet Tonkin came second place in the middle division for the South Sydney region.
Henry Lester received an honourable mention. Megan said this was particularly impressive given this was his first time debating.
Jake Hardiman also received an honourable mention for the Senior division.
“Through debating, all of the participating students have developed and strengthened their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills, adeptly preparing them to be involved, socially conscious members of our community.”
Students interested in joining the Debating team are encouraged to attend the coaching sessions that will begin in Term 4, to prepare for the 2020 season.
IGS debating competition
In related news, the winners of the 2019 IGS House Debating Competition was announced at the end-of-term High School assembly.
Congratulations to Gura, in first position, Baado in second place, and all students who took part.
Head of Bamal House Thom Marchbank said the judges noticed the rational and considered arguments presented by students in Years 7 and 8, which reflected their growing knowledge of Philosophy, introduced as an IGS subject in 2018.