North talks into grand fi­nal

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

De­niliquin North School’s Year 5/6 team talked its way to con­sec­u­tive wins to ce­ment its place in the Pre­mier’s De­bat­ing Chal­lenge Rive­rina grand fi­nal to be held later this month.

The North de­bat­ing team trav­elled to Grif­fith to com­pete in the semi-fi­nals where it ar­gued the neg­a­tive side of the topic, ‘Aus­tralia should ban sug­ary drinks’.

North prin­ci­pal Me­gan Hunter said the team pro­duced ‘‘out­stand­ing ar­gu­ments’’ and ‘‘re­but­ted beau­ti­fully’’.

‘‘One of the com­ments from the ad­ju­di­ca­tor, Joel Arm­strong, to the team was, ‘I would be sur­prised if Mrs Hunter doesn’t get a Prime Min­is­ter out of your school’,’’ the North prin­ci­pal said.

‘‘Mak­ing it to the Rive­rina grand fi­nal is an amaz­ing ef­fort for such a small school, and it is the 7th or 8th con­sec­u­tive year we have made it to the semis or the grand fi­nal — an amaz­ing achieve­ment.’’

Deni North com­peted against Han­wood Pub­lic School in the quar­ter fi­nals, where it ar­gued that ‘Feed­back should only be given in pri­mary school, in­stead of grades or marks’.

The ad­ju­di­ca­tor — Tony Davies from the NSW Arts Depart­ment — com­mented that Deni North was ‘‘par­tic­u­larly strong’’.

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