News from North­holm

Should video games be in­cluded in the Olympics?

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News -

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.

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