Debating end of season wrap up
The official competitions for our 2016 debating season are now complete. We have farewelled Nicole Sung (Year 12) our 2016 Debating Captain and handed over to Jade Lin (Year 11), our Debating Captain for 2017. In Term 4 we will have the House Debating competition and trials for 2017 teams.
6 out of 7 PLC Sydney debating teams made it into the quarter finals of the Archdale Tournament. PLC Sydney finished 4th overall, out of 22 schools, before heading into the final series.
Congratulations to Archdale 8B who won the Archdale Shield for their age division. This required 7 rounds, 4 finals and countless hours of training leading up to the Grand Final. PLC Sydney Year 8 students Alexia Lorenzato, Angie Kaleel, Miriam Ly, Bronte Jackson and Emma Bosco, were up against Ravenswood. Below, Alexia recounts the final:
On the 6th of September, the 8B’s debating team left PLC and began the voyage to SCEGGS Darlinghurst. We had made it into the finals for the Archdale Cup. The journey there was basically revising statistics and talking about how nervous we were for the debate. When we arrived our anxiety levels only elevated yet our fabulous coach Despina guided us through our troubles. When we received the topic 'That there should be a minimum number of Indigenous Australians in the police force,' the team was ecstatic as we had many ideas on points we could argue. We were given the affirmative side which only enhanced our knowledge of the topic as we could use many statistics previously revised. The first speaker presented the ideas of how eventually, the implementation of such a law would lead to equality between culturally diverse communities. She also argued that if this quota was to occur, Indigenous Australians could break away from their ‘poverty-cycle.’ The second speaker then presented the ideas of how this law could potentially lower indigenous crime rates as more children will be educated and will not feel obliged to commit a felony. She also argued that younger Indigenous citizens should have a healthy goal to strive for and this quota may be the answer. Also, because being a police officer is such a prestigious honour, it will send a message to indigenous communities that they have the power to contribute to society. Our third speaker then slammed the opposition team with amazing rebuttals and a great summary.
We won our 8B shield unanimously over Ravenswood and came 4th overall in the Archdale competition.
Good job girls.
Alexia Lorenzato Captain of 8B Debating
Congratulations also to Jade Lin for her selection into the Archdale Representative team.
Independent Schools' Debating Association (ISDA)
All PLC Sydney debating teams made the Octos round of the Independent Schools' Debating Association Debating Competition. Year 8 & Senior B made it through to the Quarter Finals and Year 9 went one step further making it through to the Semi Finals.
Congratulations to all PLC Sydney debaters on a great season.
Ms Cathy Sidoti
Head of Debating
Image 1: 2016 PLC Sydney debaters at their end of season party.
Image 2: Archdale 8B, winners of the shield, Miriam Ly, Alexia Lorenzato, Bronte Jackson and Angie Kaleel (Emma Bosco absent).