Debating is an integral part of the co-curricular program at St Andrews and there has been considerable development in this area of College’s provision for students. It is our hope that in conjunction with Music, Drama, the Visual Arts, and the Extension and Enrichment co-curricular programs such as Tournament of the Minds and Future Problem Solving, our Debating Program will show that thinking, speaking and being creative does not end with the classroom academic program. In fact, the classroom is only the beginning!
If students like to express an opinion and justify it, and then engage in healthy discussion with others who may not share the same viewpoint, then debating offers a supportive and challenging environment in which to develop these skills. Debating enables students to:
- work in a small team environment to achieve a goal
- develop research skills
- engage in current issues which affect themselves, their broader community or global society
- develop critical thinking skills
- structure an argument
- think and plan under time constraints
- learn to deconstruct an argument and evaluate its worth
- speak with confidence in front of an audience
- speak following formal conventions to achieve a purpose
In Term 3, students will have opportunity to be involved in the Sunshine Coast Debating Competition sponsored by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Teams from north of Noosa to Redcliffe in the south are involved. In 2015, over 50 teams and more than 200 scheduled debates were run at venues throughout the Sunshine Coast!
So, what does this mean for St Andrews students?
Students will have opportunity to attend the SC Debating Expo late in Term 2. This comprises a one day workshop at the University where they will see a debate involving senior, experienced debaters, and work with students from other schools to understand and use the skills in debating.
Students will nominate to be involved. Students from Years 6-12 are encouraged to participate.
Teams and coaches are allocated and announced at the end of Term 2. Parents, teachers and experienced senior students are welcome to be coaches.
There will be a number of workshops held in the first two weeks of Term 3 for any student who is new to debating.
Students learn how to prepare and deliver a short prep debate: Topics are given to teams on the night and students have one hour to prepare.
- The Competition is held on Wednesday evenings in Term 3.
- The Sunshine Coast is divided into three regions: south, central and north.
- Age Divisions: Years 6-7 (Junior); Years 8-9 (Intermediate); Years 10-12 (Senior).
- The venues and times at which debates are held during 2016 in the Central Region are as follows:
|Division||Venue||Preparation Times||Debate Times|
|Junior||Suncoast Christian College and Sienna Catholic College||4.30-5.30pm||5.30-6.30pm|
|Intermediate||Suncoast Christian College and Sienna Catholic College||5.45-6.45pm||6.45-7.45pm|
|Senior||Suncoast Christian College and Sienna Catholic College||7.00-8.00pm||8.00-9.00pm|
(Venues may change from year to year)
- Each division competes with four preliminary rounds (and one play-off round if required) prior to a single round of Semi-Finals and then a Grand Final.
- Semi-Finals and Grand Finals for each age division are hosted at the University of Sunshine Coast campus, early in Term 4 (October).
TtEDSC Virtual Debating Competition
This is the second year in which students from St Andrew’s Anglican College have participated in this online competition. In 2016, students in Years 5-6 and Years 11-12 are competing in this very popular and successful tournament.
Teams engage in debate with students from other regions and states, whilst remaining in a classroom in their home school. Adjudication is delivered online, by a qualified and experienced adjudicator.
In 2017, it is hoped that St Andrew’s will be able to also field teams in the Year 7-8 and Years 9-10 Divisions.
The Virtual Debating Competition is run across Terms 2, 3 and 4.
If you would like further information about debating at St Andrew's, please contact the Debating Coordinator, Mrs Adele Guy.