Debating finalists: St Mary’s debating finalists (from left) affirmative team members Thomas McElhone-Rowe, Bec Anderson and Sarah Tansky, adjudicator Michelle Smith and negative team members Andrew Ryan, Demeaka Davis and Jess Lawson.
Debating finalists: St Mary’s debating finalists (from left) affirmative team members Thomas McElhone-Rowe, Bec Anderson and Sarah Tansky, adjudicator Michelle Smith and negative team members Andrew Ryan, Demeaka Davis and Jess Lawson. Supplied

Arguing case at debating final

DURING Term 2 at St Mary’s School, the Year 7 classes have completed a unit on debating.

Each pupil participated in their own class debates and a final debate was conducted between the two classes.

The topic was: All students should remain in school until Grade 12.

The 7R team, consisting of Sarah Tansky, Rebecca Anderson and Thomas McIlone-Rowe argued the affirmative case and the 7H team of Andrew Ryan, Jess Lawson and Demeaka Davis, the negative.

Adjudicator Michelle Smith offered some expert advice.

Results were close and the decision went to the negative team. A perpetual trophy was presented to the winning team, along with individual medals. Affirmative team members were presented with certificates.

Year 7R pupil Matthew Meek chaired the debate.



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