Students who learn the art of debating also develop an ability to see "both sides of the coin" Too often, we prematurely form a strong opinion on a particular topic and defend it with passion. It's not until we are forced to explore the other side of the topic that our initial opinion can either be confirmed or be altered completely. Critical thinking skills and being able to articulate your argument are two core skills we are nurturing at Coomera Rivers.
This year Coomera Rivers found themselves arguing for longer school hours in the first debate and supporting the Commonwealth Games in the 2nd debate. The calibre of speakers was nothing short of exceptional and this year it was hard to predict which side was more convincing. Our adjudicators from Coomera Toastmasters, Mr Rod Dixon and Mrs Francesca.
Thorn had an extremely tough job. In the end it all came down to a few points and the day saw Pimpama SSC winning the first debate, arguing that school hours should not be increased and Coomera Rivers winning the second debate, that the Commonwealth Games are not a waste of money. So we can all rest easy - school hours remain the same and we are all in support of The Games.
A massive congratulations to all students who participated in this event. It was also wonderful to see that seven students out of the nine students involved from Pimpama State Secondary College were past students from Coomera Rivers. Knowing our students are pursuing and continuing to develop their debating skills in high school is encouraging.
Results were as follows:
Topic One: School hours should be increased - CRSS Affirmative
- 1st Speaker: Sienna M
- 2nd Speaker: Sophie P
- 3rd Speaker: Lily P
- Silent Speaker: Ella C
- Chairperson: Lily P
- Timekeeper: Bella Waide
- PSSC - Win
Topic Two: The Commonwealth Games are a waste of money - CRSS Negative
- 1st Speaker: Riley L
- 2nd Speaker: Lily K
- 3rd Speaker: Zari Stanton
- Silent Speaker: Lara C
- CRSS - Win
Once again, a massive congratulations to our students, you have represented Coomera Rivers well. As Desmond Tutu so eloquently said, 'Don't raise your voice, improve your argument', this is what debating is all about.
We'd also like to thank Coomera Toastmasters for their support of our public speaking programs.