The Laurieton Public School debating team has won their way through to the regional finals of the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge.
They achieved this with a strong win over Macksville Public School's team at Laurieton on 9th September. This follows qualifying wins over many local schools in previous rounds.
The Laurieton team consists of Samantha Kirkwood (1st speaker), Erin Moss (2nd speaker), Darcy Howard (3rd speaker) and team advisor Riley Papas. David Jackson acted as the chairperson for the most recent debate.
Leading up to the debates, the students are unaware of the topic and prepare by researching current affairs, reading newspapers, watching the news and increasing their general knowledge. Debating protocol is also revised and practice questions are explored. The team has to practise coming up with arguments for both the affirmative and negative sides, as well as practising to develop counter arguments and rebuttals.
The Laurieton Public School team is now preparing for the regional final which will be held in the coming weeks. Success in their next debate would see them representing the North Coast Region at the State Finals in Sydney in November.
A big thank you goes to Mrs Christine Waters for her informative adjudication, to the Macksville Public School for their strong competition in the debate and to Miss Annette Zappia for teaching and managing the team.