Close con­test in de­bat­ing arena

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

THE an­nual pri­mary in­ter-school de­bate com­pe­ti­tion held its fi­nals last week and Emer­ald State School fin­ished on top.

The six pri­mary schools in Emer­ald com­peted in the de­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which has been run­ning in Term 4 over the past six years for all years 5 and 6 stu­dents.

Team two from Emer­ald State School took out the com­pe­ti­tion, fol­lowed by team one of Emer­ald Chris­tian Col­lege, and team three from St Pa­trick’s fin­ish­ing third.

Be­gin­ning on Oc­to­ber 17, the weekly de­bates have cov­ered top­ics such as sport, a new flag for Aus­tralia, go­ing to Mars, build­ing nu­clear power sta­tions and the fi­nal topic was whether or not vi­o­lent video games should be banned.

Emer­ald Chris­tian Col­lege prin­ci­pal and Emer­ald Schools De­bat­ing So­ci­ety co-or­di­na­tor Graeme John­ston said it was a very close com­pe­ti­tion.

“They are get­ting very good. The first and sec­ond teams were di­vided by half a point,” he said.

Mr John­ston said about a dozen dif­fer­ent skills were nec­es­sary to get a good mark.

“It im­proves their time man­age­ment, eye con­tact skills, and the abil­ity to en­gage with an au­di­ence,” he said.

“When in a pub­lic arena, the qual­ity of their skills goes up, and they were jump­ing in qual­ity week by week.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LOUD AND PROUD: Win­ners of the 2018 pri­mary in­ter-school de­bat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Emer­ald State School, with An­gela Suther­land from Mara­boon Vet Surgery.

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