Congratulations to the Years 10 and 11 History debating teams for their efforts this term. Although both teams lost their most recent debates for the first time this year, the high quality debates were closely contested.
The Year 10 team was hosted by Barker College and argued the negative side for the topic "That the collapse of the League of Nations was inevitable." A challenging topic even for Year 12 Modern History students, the team had to work hard to mount a strong case supported by evidence. They did this but were narrowly defeated. We congratulate Claudia Hunt, Tiffany Di Lucia, Ella Godhard, and Charlotte Newton for their fine efforts in their History debating debut.
The Year 11 team visited the Glebe campus of Sydney Secondary College and presented their arguments negating the topic "That the attempts of the US government to solve the issues of the Great Depression did more harm than good". This was another area relating to Year 12 Modern History, so a great deal of preparation was required. The team consisting of Aneka Henshaw, Aisha Imtarnasan, and Sophia Hruby, spoke and argued extremely well but were also narrowly defeated.
We look forward to following the progress of the History debaters as they enter the quarterfinals of the competition.
History Debating Co-ordinator
Congratulations to the Years 10 and 11 History debaters who have kicked off their first few debates in the JA Thompson History Debating competition for 2019. The Year 10 team made their debut against Roseville College, successfully convincing the adjudicator "that Napoleon betrayed the French Revolution." This challenging topic involved a fair amount of preparation as the students have not learned about Napoleon in class, although they could, of course, draw upon their skills in historical research and analysis. Congratulations to Milly Tasker, Dominque Liew, Eleanor Douglas and Alys Weiss for their fine efforts in preparing a strong and detailed case, accompanied by effective rebuttal on the day.
The Year 11 team also enjoyed a successful start to the season by winning a closely contested and high quality debate against Roseville College on the topic "that museums are more destructive than productive for history." This topic reflects the nature of the Year 12 Extension History course, so it was a fantastic opportunity for these excellent debaters and students of History to further develop their skills. Their sophisticated case and thorough rebuttal was highly persuasive and they should be commended for their efforts. Congratulations to the team of Aisha Imtarnasan, Sophia Hruby, Katarina Kuo and Aneka Henshaw. I’d also like to thank Ella Davidson, Alice Volfneuk and Charlotte Newton for chairing and timing both debates.
In the next round of the competition against North Sydney Girls’ High School, the Year 10 team, this time consisting of Maeve Hopper, Hannah Mavrakis, Mia Freeland and Amelia Board successfully argued against the topic "that the use of atomic bombs against Japan to end World War Two was justified." This was an engaging and entertaining debate, with the high quality of the SCEGGS rebuttal and manner enough to secure the win. Preparation was essential as the topic has not been covered in class, but the team worked collaboratively to form a well-developed and detailed case and I commend their efforts.
Congratulations to all History debaters and we wish you the best of luck in the next round!
History Debating Co-ordinator