News from Northholm
Should video games be included in the Olympics?
This was a great topic for the first round of the IPSHA Interschool Debating and our Years Five and Six Debating Team students did a fantastic job in presenting some convincing arguments for both the affirmative and negative sides. The team which consisted of Abraham Awakian, Caleb Eveniss, Amber Garth, Declan Gunther, Gabriella Imad, Lillian Dyson, Hannah Wildes and Rachel Wong had obviously prepared well and were remarkably poised despite the pressure of competition.
Accompanied by Northholm’s Head of English, Mrs Jenny Scotney, Mrs Kate Hartley, one of our Senior English teachers and proud parents these young debaters performed surprisingly well for their first public debate demonstrating to everyone present the importance of this skill. Mrs Scotney, who joined Northholm earlier this year, believes “debating fosters skills far beyond the ability to speak in public. It teaches students to take an objective view of issues, to be aware there is an opposite point of view to theirs and to think quickly under pressure”. More importantly however debating requires students work collaboratively as a team for debates can only be won if members work together.
As a keen debater herself, Mrs Scotney is making her a mark on the English Department at Northhholm. Her passion for English is evident in the enthusiastic way she has embraced her new role and in her plans for other initiatives that will help instil this same passion in students across the school. Together with Mrs Hartley, Mrs Scotney’s involvement in the Year 5/6 Debating provides a great start to their transition into the Senior School and a sign of the good things to come.