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Celebrating Success: Whitsunday Inter-school Debating Competition Wrap-up

Celebrating Success: Whitsunday Inter-school Debating Competition Wrap-up

Celebrating Success: Whitsunday Inter-school Debating Competition Wrap-up

The annual Whitsunday Inter-school Debating Competition coordinated by our own Betsy Atkinson has concluded, and all participating schools and students were absolutely fantastic. It was our largest competition yet, with St Catherine students strongly represented in both the senior and junior divisions. One of our senior teams, consisting of Eli Madhock, Maeve Hornstra, and Brad Pettiford, emerged victorious, while our juniors reached the semi-finals. Bowen State High School won the junior division.

Watching these students collaborate to create methodical and passionate arguments on various topics, both familiar and unfamiliar, is a humbling experience. They did an awesome job.

Here are some of the topics that were debated. Next time you're around the table with your family and friends, ask them their thoughts on these subjects:

  • That we should use prison labour for public works
  • That parents should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment for their children
  • That schools should provide free meals for their students
  • That we should fear the development of artificial intelligence
  • That we should ban cosmetic surgery
  • That celebrity figures who break the law should receive harsher punishments than ordinary people
  • That teachers should be replaced by computers
  • That all people should have free internet access

Teams were:

Senior

St Caths A - Kam Stoneham, Poppy Thomas, Shiloh Brett
St Caths B - Maeve Hornstra, Brad Pettiford, Eli Madhock
St Caths C - Sharujan S, Hazel Farrell, Amelia McKay
St Caths D - Siena Baxendall, Aiden Limberg, Ellie Baldock
Coach - Shantae

Junior

St Caths A - Lucy Bennett, Mia Appleton, Tess Hornstra - Anna Bennett
St Caths B - Ella Mearns, Sophie Morgan, Jolie Farley - Betsy Atkinson
St Caths C - Aleena Jeraad, Maddie Hughes, Akshara JS- Georgia Camm
St Caths D - Roman Apruzzi, Archer Murton, Eli Judd - Katie Riley

A huge congratulations to all students involved, and a heartfelt thank you to the incredible staff who stepped in to help. This competition is growing rapidly and wouldn't be possible without the support of so many people.

Thank you to Mrs. Atkinson, Miss Bennett, Miss Camm, Mrs. Riley, and Ms. Ryle for your hard and consistent work as mentors and coaches to our students. 

Special thanks also to Ms. Rogers, Mr. Davids, Mrs. Bates, Ms. Ryle, and Mrs. Hinton for adjudicating on the night.


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