Friday 31 August 2018

Debating Success

Both senior debating teams from The Ridgeway Campus won their debate in the finals over the past fortnight. Even making it to the finals is a huge achievement; the A-Grade division alone comprised over 400 teams.

On Wednesday 15 August, Year 10 students, Talissa Stojanoski, Charlotte Groenewegen, and Jessica McCreadie travelled to Lowther Hall in Essendon and managed to convince the adjudicator ‘that we should require all politicians to use public services’. The other members of this unstoppable force from Year 10 are Gemma Starkey, Isobel Wake, Sierra Shaw.

Our Year 12 Debaters Noah McShanag-Munn, Hugh Marslen, Matthew Kaufman, and Linus Mayes similarly faced and defeated a team from Eltham College on Thursday 30 August. Enjoying a home-ground advantage, the boys successfully prosecuted the case ‘that the police should hold the DNA of all Australians on a national database’ and, with other team-member Louis Ajani, move onto the next round.

We wish both teams good luck in their debates next week.

The Plenty Campus Senior Debating Team successfully made it to the finals on Wednesday 29 August but lost by just one point against a stronger team from Marymead. The topic was, ‘that entertainment platforms (such as Spotify) should remove works from artists with criminal records’ and we were the affirmative team. It was a great experience all round and our debaters represented the School with pride.

And lastly, our Chinese Debating Team is up against Lauriston Girls’ School in the Final of the Victorian High School Chinese Debating Championships this Saturday. The Team has worked hard to reach the Final undefeated. Members of the 2017 Championship Team, Lilac, Kevin and John have also been working closely with this year’s team, offering their expert advice and support throughout the season. We wish them the best of luck.