Posted on 05 September 2017
Our Debating teams did us proud this season, despite the number of teams being down because of students’ involvement with this year’s College musical.
The Year 11 team did a great job to progress to the quarter finals but were unfortunately beaten by All Hallows’ 2 to 1. This was the first time this team had been beaten; winning all previous rounds, even in the preliminary competition.
There were over 200 teams entered in the Year 8 competition this year and, as a result, our students competed in two more finals rounds compared to other year levels. The team, coached by Ms Melodie Nelson, debated each week of the season; this involved a good deal of preparation and commitment from all the team members. The team’s skill and enthusiasm saw them reach the semi-finals where they lost to Sunshine Coast Grammar in the short preparation topic that ‘as a young adult, we would delete Facebook’. The students had the difficult task of presenting the affirmative position.
Ms Nelson commented that the team, comprising of Tarni McCosker, Nasrene Akhtar, Callum Glennie, Amity Barker and Lily Veenboer, has come a long way since the start of the season. She also added, “They have been very good at taking on adjudicators’ feedback and their rebuttal by the end of the season was outstanding.” Ms Nelson and the team have not stopped practising even though their season has ended; they are determined to go all the way next year.
Their commitment and focus helped to make the Year 8s the standout team this season. This is the first OC Middle School team to ever make it to the semi-finals and the third team in the history of the College.
Debating is not done and dusted, however; we are keen to see how our two Year 7 teams perform in the Junior Secondary Competition which continues through to October. Best of luck to the Year 7 teams.