As part of a wide range of extracurricular activities, students from years 9-12 have the opportunity to participate in an interschool debating tournament. Competing against other schools, students are challenged to explore complex and contentious topics. They are encourgaged to source a wide range of evidence and to employ an array of persuasive techniques to enhance their debating performance.
The group practises specific skills to improve public speaking expertise such as:
- Eye contact
- Using the voice to project or convey emotion
- Body language
- Word choice
- Logical flow
- Clear connections between cause and effect
- Team work
- Use of evidence and research
In terms 2 and 3, students in years 7-8 have the opportunity to earn house points and hone their debating skills in our interhouse competition!
Stating term 2, volunteers from year 7-8, under the guidance of their house captains and debating coordinator, will participate in a number of workshops designed to teach them key debating skills, including argument construcation, rebuttal strategy and general public speaking tips and tricks. This will culminate inan interhouse debating competition, in which students will be challenged to employ an array of persuasive techniques to argue a point about a contemporary issue in society.