North de­baters are Rive­rina cham­pi­ons

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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