It was high tension, high nerves and high stakes at Downlands College for our Year 7 Debating team on Wednesday, 3 March.
After many morning teas and lunch sessions, they felt pretty confident that they could argue that “contact sports should be banned” but they were not prepared for a Downs swimming trial! On Tuesday afternoon, Madeline Hill discovered that she was double-booked and had to attend swimming instead. Without hesitation, Gabriella Semmens came to the rescue taking Madeline’s place.
And they were on! Briella Olive, who came as a spectator, turned into a very professional chairperson, as though she had practiced the role rather than writing the speech on the spot. Rosie Walker started us off as first speaker letting us know about how dangerous contact sports can be. Amelie Zahra took on the next position and offered some quick rebuttal and Gabriella Semmens calmly and collectively rounded up the case.
It was their first debate ever and the adjudicator said that they did very well. Indeed, the girls thought on the spot, worked together as a team and courageously pushed through even with changes and nerves.
We took a photo to make sure that we remembered the day and as you can see, they are very excited and proud of themselves, as they should be! It is certainly a good start to the season and we look forward to the challenges ahead. The girls’ next debate is at the start of Term 2.
We’d like to thank Assumption College, our worthy opponents, who taught us how to debate for the first time and Dr Chua whose skills came in very handy during the evening!
Debating Coach, Middle and Senior Years Teacher