AUSTRALIND HAS TOP DEBATERS
AUSTRALIND Senior High School’s debating team proved to be the most ardent arguers in the region by winning the South West Regional Debating competition earlier this month.
Year 12 students Jasmine Sullivan, Ryan Tomazin, Thomas Dunbar-Smith and Rachel Eames beat reigning champions Bunbury Senior High School for the title in the second year of the the WA Debating League competition.
Debating coach and teacher Kate Hopkins said it was a fantastic win because Bunbury had been undefeated all season.
“They’re a very strong debating team so it was just fantastic,” she said.
Nine schools competed over the past two months in junior and senior divisions before the grand final, at which the students were given the debate topic only an hour before taking the stage.
Australind fielded two teams of four, with the senior team reaching the grand final at the Bun- bury ECU campus on August 4.
Australind argued against welfare being conditional on passing a drug test and won the night in a unanimous decision from three judges.
Ms Hopkins said debating not only gave the students confidence for public speaking but also taught them important skills.
“It helps them to think logically and prepare arguments logically which is really useful for their studies at school,” she said.
Australind Senior High School students Ryan Tomazin, 18, Jasmine Sullivan, 17, Thomas Dunbar-Smith, 18, and Rachel Eames, 17, are delighted with their win in the South West Regional Debating competition.