Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 students Erin Moss, Samantha Kirkwood, Darcy Howard and Riley Papas for their magnificent efforts at the recent Premier's Debating Challenge State Championships.
The team travelled to Stanwell Tops Conference Centre (1 hour south of Sydney) on the 8th November to compete in a four day series of round robin and final debates against the top ten regional debating teams in the state.
The Premier's Debating Challenge is the largest debating contest in the Southern Hemisphere, so to be involved in the state level of this competition is far beyond any school's expectations for their first year of entry.
The competition started with approximately 480 state wide teams and Laurieton Public School was ready for the challenge.
After an orientation and a workshop Sunday night it was off to bed for a good night's sleep to restore the brain.
Two debates were held on Monday and LPS competed against Curl Curl North PS and Exeter PS. The competition was very tight and LPS were defeated due to minor technical faults.
After a team meeting and a re-think of their attack, LPS went into the third and fourth debate on Tuesday against Tamworth PS and Jasper Road PS and won both. It was great to see the team take on board the feedback given by the adjudicators and put it into practice.
By Tuesday evening after a decision based on performance and points gained in the rounds, LPS were ranked third in the state. A remarkable result!
The semi-final commenced at 7.30pm and concluded at 9.30pm with LPS narrowly being beaten by Bathurst PS who ended up taking out the championships.
Overall, the team and I learnt some very valuable lessons and tips to improve our debating knowledge and skills. We also met some fantastic teachers and fellow students. The children's behaviour was flawless
and the whole school community should be very proud of the group.
There is a lot to look forward to in the world of debating here at LPS and I am certain that the state now knows that Laurieton is on the map!!
Good luck to Erin Moss who will represent the North Coast in the state representative debating championships in Collaroy next week. We wish her all the best and know that she will do us proud.