What an incredible debating season it has been!
Debating at Saints Girls has continued to grow and develop. This year, 14 teams entered the Debating SA competition with over 70 girls competing across Years 7 – 12. A big thank you to all the parents and supporters who have driven girls to debates, assisted with speeches and ultimately helped make this season as successful as it was.
Overall, 9 of the 14 teams finished in the Top 8 of their respective divisions; considering these divisions typically have 30 – 40 teams, this is an outstanding achievement. Year 8 White, Year 9 White, Green, Blue, Year 10 Red and Green, as well as our Senior White team all consequently progressed through to the Finals Draw. Both of our Year 7 teams also enjoyed terrific results.
All debaters should be incredibly proud of themselves for the hard work and dedication they have contributed this season. Saints is very lucky to have such a strong debating program, but it is only as strong as the students who participate. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch the girls develop and improve over the season.
Finally, a special congratulations to our Senior White and Year 9 White teams, which were both Runners-Up in the Grand Final held last Saturday in Parliament House. The level of these debates was outstanding and the results were extremely close (3-2 spilt for both teams).
It is my honour to have been the Debating and Public Speaking Captain for 2017. I wish Emma B (Year 11) all the best for her captaincy in 2018, and know she will continue the strong success into the new year.
Debating and Public Speaking Captain