Allora debating teams to show their strength in finals
ALLORA State School's Year 8 team is vying for a win in the final round of the 2018 Queensland Debating Union in Toowoomba tomorrow.
Surpassing four rounds against schools from the Darling Downs, the girls will have to prove themselves against Centenary Heights State High School.
Coached by school teachers Melissa Gartery and Robyn Westerman, this is the first time the school has been to a grand final debating round.
"In the past we have had a few teams make it to the quarter finals but this is the first time we've been to this level,” Mrs Gartery said.
"The girls have been working hard for this competition.”
During the four rounds, the students debated through three prepared topics and one short preparation round.
"Prepared topics is where the students are given the question a head of time and prepare a five-minute speech,” Mrs Gartery said.
"For the short preparation debate, they receive the topic with only an hour to prepare.
"The students are sat in a room alone with only one dictionary, no technological devices.”
The debating coach said the students pick up valuable skills they'll have with them after their studies.
"Debating teaches students how to present themselves and speak in public,” she said.
"They learn how to speak on their feet and distribute counter rebuttals.
"It teaches them lateral thinking, preparing for a range of different topics, broadening their knowledge and looking at different angles to structure an argument.”
Whether they win or lose, Mrs Gartery said they would be proud of the debating team.
"Their dedication, talent and willingness to step outside themselves and try something new and give their best has made Allora State School really proud of their efforts and wish them the best. They thoroughly deserve to make it to this point,” she said.
The girls compete at Downlands College on Wednesday night.