On Tuesday 10th June, our Year 5 and 6 Debating Team participated in their third debate of the year against Old Bar Public School.
The team consisted of Samantha Kirkwood (1st speaker), Erin Moss (2nd speaker), Darcy Howard (3rd speaker) and Lachlan Price (Team advisor). Riley Papas acted as the chairperson and David Jackson as time keeper while Lindsay Kaul, Jordan Potts and Nash Lawrence welcomed the visiting guests.
The topic for the debate was, "Australia is NOT the lucky country". LPS was the affirmative team and agreed with the topic. It must be said that it was very difficult for the team to argue that Australia is not lucky. However, the LPS team supported their team line of, ‘Australia- Not by chance but by commitment' extremely well and convinced the adjudicator and audience that it is because of hard work, skill, vision and an overall commitment that Australia has developed into a desirable country.
Both teams were very confident and debated well providing fantastic rebuttals and arguments for their case. LPS students have improved so much over the last six months and they should be very proud of their achievements.
The adjudicator, Mrs Christine Waters, high school debating coach and adjudicator, awarded the debate to Laurieton. The visiting parents, teachers, students and I are very proud of the children's efforts.
Well done to all debaters involved for their teamwork and research efforts leading up to the debate and for their mature and friendly attitude displayed on the day.
I would also like to thank and congratulate 3/4C and 4/5S who were the audience for this debate. Not only did they display fabulous behaviour but were congratulated by the visiting school parents and coaches for being in uniform and being a wonderful audience.
Once again all students involved continue to promote LPS as the best school in the district.
Our school team now moves through to the semi-finals and details of the next debate are yet to be received. I know for sure that all students involved will be working very hard with research in the following weeks.
Miss Annette Zappia