Last night I had the pleasure of watching Jagger Skilbeck, Sienna Curnow and Sam Leeder represent our school in the final 16 teams of the state in the debating competition. We were 1 of 2 remaining state schools. Our competitors this round was Melbourne Grammar on the difficult topic “that Chinese state owned companies should not be allowed to invest in Australian companies”. We were affirmative and Jagger started the debate setting up the parameters and proposing a model. Sienna had a difficult job of rebutting an opponent who nearly ran out of breath with the amount he had to say. Sam finished the debate by synthesising the material and the manner in which he conducted himself (as he quickly put his blazer on before stepping into the middle of the room) was indicative of pride they all have in representing the school.
Unfortunately we were defeated by 3 points and will not continue on to the next round. But the achievement of getting this far is worth acknowledging so if you do see them around the school ground, please congratulate them on their efforts. It is no easy task for them travelling to schools in eastern suburbs on a regular basis and dedicating an entire night which takes away their study time.
Year 11 Student Management Leader