Other Co-curricular Highlights

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Primary girls excel in IPSHA Debating Competitions

SCEGGS Primary School competed in the IPSHA Debating Competition once again this year. There were seven rounds of competition and in each round two teams, comprising of four girls per team, debated against students from other schools. Topics were centred on areas of interest and knowledge of the girls. These topics included ‘School attendance should be voluntary’, ‘Uniforms should not be compulsory at schools’ and ‘Schools should teach current affairs instead of History’. The content of these topics ensured that all participants stridently contested the debates and SCEGGS won a variety of both affirmative and negative cases within these topics. A key element of the program was the Friday lunchtime preparation with the coaches. The girls thoroughly enjoyed discussing both sides of their arguments and preparing their speeches and rebuttals. SCEGGS also attended the IPSHA Debating Gala Day at ASCHAM during Term IV. We sent along two teams and both teams were awarded their debates on this day. Year 6 Debating was a popular co-curricular activity with the girls this year and the girls’ confidence in public speaking, knowledge of a range of topics and ability to think on their feet grew noticeably throughout 2017.


Success for our Year 10 team in the Eastside Debating Competition 2017

The Eastside Debating Competition culminated in its last event, the Grand-Final, last Friday night at Cranbrook. The Year 7 and Year 10 teams did so well to get to this level in the competition. Congratulations to our Year 10s who were able to convincingly defeat Scots College in a unanimous decision by the panel of three adjudicators on the night! The girls argued for the negative on the topic “that South Korea should acquire nuclear weapons” and were able to argue very persuasively about the harms of a potential nuclear war.

The Year 7 team were very narrowly defeated in their debate against Rose Bay Secondary College on the negative side of the topic “that parents should push their children to get into selective High Schools”. The decision was split two to one; which indicates just how close the debate was! 

Primary School girls develop their debating skills through the IPSHA Debating Competition

SCEGGS competed in the IPSHA Debating Competition again this year. Two Year 6 teams prepared for each round on the affirmative and negative sides of a topic and then either hosted or visited another school to debate against them.
Some of the more interesting topics this year were “That video games should be included in the Olympics” and “That pocket money should be earned”. The girls enjoy working with their coach at lunchtime on Fridays to work out both sides of the argument. The Rounds were held every two to three weeks on Friday afternoons during Terms II and III.

SCEGGS also competed in the IPSHA Debating Gala Day held in September at Kambala. This year the two teams prepared and debated the topic “That teenagers are slaves to fashion”.
While the emphasis in this competition is on developing some skills in debating and socialising with students from other schools, the girls were usually always able to win one out of the two debates they participated in in each round, and at the Gala Day.