Congratulations to our fabulous debating team, which this week won the final of the North Coast Region section of the NSW Premier's Debating Challenge. This is an outstanding achievement for any school and we are all immensely proud of our team, which consists of students Samantha Kirkwood, Erin Moss, Darcy Howard and Riley Papas.
The regional final debate was held at our school on Monday 28th September with the Laurieton team coming up against Grafton South Public School, a very large school which includes an Opportunity Class. After the coin toss, both teams had just one hour to prepare their arguments on the topic "All zoos should be closed". Laurieton, arguing for the negative, won the debate, after presenting well planned and cohesive arguments in a very convincing manner.
The team's win provides the opportunity to participate in the 2009 State Championships, to be held at Stanwell Tops, near Wollongong, over 4 days in November. Here, they will compete against the other 9 regions of NSW, as well as participating in workshops and camp activities.
Congratulations to the team on this wonderful achievement and to their teacher, Miss Annette Zappia, who has guided their development throughout the year's debating competitions.