The Debating Program at Williamstown High School provides students in every year level the opportunity to enhance their self-confidence and public speaking skills through regular t
raining and competitive inter-school debates.
For more than a decade, WHS has been involved with the Debater’s Association of Victoria (DAV), a renowned provider of coaching and competition for schools students across the state. Our students have a long tradition of participating successfully in both DAV’s Junior Schools Program (JSP) and Inter-school State Competition.
Junior Schools Program (JSP): Years 7 & 8
Students in junior secondary can participate in the DAV Junior Schools Program, which provides them with training and structured support to prepare and present a speech persuasively. It encourages teamwork in students, builds their self-confidence and develops their research skills in a low-risk environment.
Inter-school Competition: Years 8-12
WHS students in the middle and later years can enter in the DAV Inter-school Debating Competition, which is the largest English speaking debating competition in the world. Students work together in teams to build up a case debating controversial topics relevant to todays’ society. They are guided and coached to develop their skills of communication, as well as their ability to think critically and analytically.
In addition to gaining knowledge and building skills, these debating programs are FUN! Students become addicted to the thrill of standing before an audience with something interesting to say and the competitive drive to win the argument. They also thrive on the collegiality of the teamwork involved and gain a significant sense of self achievement.
Left to right: Grace Dinham, Aya El-Hussein, Charlotte Jezard.
If you have any questions or inquiries about our Debating program please contact our Debating Coordinators:
Nathan Raiter (Pasco Campus)
Sophia Marsden-Smith (Bayview Campus)
The Debaters Association of Victoria website