The Tasmanian Debating Union's Southern Schools' competition came to a close last week with the final Year 8 debate at The Hutchins School.
It has been a fantastic experience for all fifteen students involved this year and we are all excited to return in even greater numbers next year.
Students have developed their public speaking skills; their ability to think critically about a range of issues; and have built valuable relationships through teamwork and exposure to students from a variety of social backgrounds.
Some of the topics our students have tackled this year include social welfare, the legal system, domestic and international politics, indigenous affairs, and the Arts.
It was great to see these students recognised at our 7-10 assembly this week with a certificate of appreciation and the prestigious Don Bosco badge for their courage and commitment.
Our debating program will continue next term with an inter-House debating competition which will form part of this year's Academic Shield.
This is another great opportunity for Year 7 and 8 students to become familiar with the art of debating and public speaking.
If you are interested in this opportunity, either as a speaker or in supporting your House team in preparing your arguments, keep an eye on the daily bulletin, or speak to your Academic Captain.
Mr Ben Fulton - Debating Coach