North debaters are Riverina champions
Deniliquin North School’s debating team has won the Riverina Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 5 and 6 and is on its way to the state finals.
Sophie Murray, Kira Dickie, Hannah Dunmore and Abbey Lawson will contest the state championships from Sunday, November 13 to Wednesday, November 15 at Stanwell Tops.
The team will compete in six debates over the three days, each requiring two hours of effort.
‘‘We’re excited, but nervous (to be competing at state). We think it will be exhausting,’’ Kira said.
North School won the Riverina championship after competing against students from Young in Henty on Monday.
North’s acting principal Megan Hunter said the foursome dominated in two of the three main judging benchmarks.
‘‘The topic was that schools should replace sport and exercise classes with more classroom time, and the girls argued the negative,’’ Mrs Hunter said.
‘‘They won on their arguments that it would affect the health of the children, and that a teacher’s role is more than just what occurs in the classroom and that they had the capability to deliver the healthy programs.
‘‘Young did edge them out on the point that the education of children would be better off, but our team had some great arguments and rebutted very well’’
Hannah said the team’s method to date has worked in their favour, which includes sharing the research and speech preparation duties.
‘‘First we think of our arguments and then Sophie and Kira start writing. Myself and Abbey prepare for what we think the other team might say,’’ she said.
Students only learn their topics on the day of the debate, and are given one hour to research and form their arguments.
Sophie said as a result, their pre-debate day preparation is quite broad.
‘‘We just research as much as we can,’’ she said.