Stating the case

Should people be fined for not recycling? And should gaming be allowed in schools? These are just some of the topics our passionate debating teams have been arguing in the Western Australian Debating League (WADL) this year.

“With three Duncraig teams currently competing in the WADL and several teams involved in Rookie Debating, it’s fair to say that public speaking is in good health at the school,” Duncraig Head of English and Languages Mr Howie Jakeway said.

Carramar English teacher and debating coordinator Ms Eleanor Glacken has been blown away by how much the four Carramar Rookie Debating teams have improved in just two debates.

“We have some very strong speakers coming up in Year 6 and 7,” she said.

Mr Jakeway said the importance of debating shouldn’t be underestimated.

“It’s impressive to see students from Year 6 learning about how debates are constructed, how ‘method, manner and matter’ are used to establish a clear and logical argument, as well as developing their research skills in finding out more about the world around them.”

“Students develop confidence in speaking in public, they learn a range of rhetorical devices that help to construct a persuasive argument and they learn the importance of teamwork.”

“Constructing a cohesive argument is also an important skill, particularly in subject areas like English and HASS so there are curriculum benefits to being involved in debating at school.”

The WADL teams have made a great start to the competition, of which St Stephen’s is one of the host schools, and have several debates so far.

The Carramar teams will take part in their Grand Final tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) arguing whether print newspapers are a thing of the past. Duncraig’s Grand Final debates will be held later in June.

Wishing all of our teams well as they tackle the final debates.

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