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Students celebrate Queensland Debating Union achievements


In August the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Secondary Schools Competition drew to a close for Year 8 to Year 12 teams. It was an exciting 2016 debating season with exceptional achievements all round. Three of our teams, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11 progressed through to the final rounds, with our Year 10 being defeated in the last 16, just prior to the quarter finals.

Two Ormiston College Year 7 teams have completed two rounds of their Round Robin Competition and are eagerly awaiting the next round, which commences late September/October.

At the close of this season students came together to celebrate their achievements to date. Six Year 12 students debated the topic that ‘Everyone is entitled to their own opinion’, with Mr Peter Hoens as Chairperson and Ms Robyn Gregor as Adjudicator. It was a lively, fun-filled debate with lots of humour. Following the debate, each Coach presented each of their team members with a certificate, recognising their individual areas of growth and strengths. The debate and the handing-out of certificates was a very significant gesture and a wonderful finale to the 2016 QDU competition season.

Registration for the 2017 season will open early in the school year. Debating is an impactful learning instrument that provides students with challenge, competition, teamwork and fun. Students learn how to develop strong supportive arguments, think and consider alternative perspectives of a topic, as well as assisting in the art of ‘thinking on ones feet’ in order to rebut or offer points of view.

Mrs Georgina Barfoot
Secondary School Teacher (Debating Coordinator)