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Debating (Issue 9 2016)

Written on the 23 June 2016

The CEA Program's Senior Debating Team produced a very creditable performance in Round 2, going down narrowly to Glenunga High School in negating the proposal that "Oxford University was correct in leaving the statue (of Cecil Rhodes) - a particularly challenging assignment as the debate permitted only a single card of notes.  Debating for the first time, Georgia Harders and Charley Hillier produced very relevant rebuttal and strong teamwork, while our veteran of two debates, Sharlyn Burdon, made a number of telling criticisms of the Affirmative's arguments and summed up effectively. The Adjudicator awarded Georgia Best Speaker - quite an achievement for a debut-debater!  It is very pleasing to see the enthusiasm and commitment of all members of our Senior Team in their attendance at preparatory meetings and their willingness to take on roles such as Chair and Timekeeper, as Mariana Couto Moniz did for this Round.

Blackwood High School outpointed our Year 10 team narrowly when they negated the proposition "We should sell the medal", a topical issue involving a school board's decision to put up for sale an old scholar's World War I VC medallion in order to fund new sporting facilities. Ryan Klaffer, Tom Fritz and Austin McClure took the floor and produced strong points that needed a little more efficient method, a skill that will come with more experience. Ashley Lleshi, a newcomer to the team, capably performed the duties of Chair.

Preparations are under way for the Sacred Heart/Assumption Exchange debate in Term 3.  Our visitors have chosen the topic "Sport has lost its way." Our team members will meet this week to determine which side Sacred Heart will be arguing.

John Kelly
Debating Coordinator

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