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Thursday, July 26, 2012

From the Headmaster . . .


The school has experienced tremendous success recently in Public Speaking and Debating and this is due in part to the fact that all students from Kindergarten to Year 12 are required to participate in Public Speaking and in Years 7-12 all students are expected to participate in House Debating. Last week Aiden Telfser (Year 7) and Stephanie Ferguson (Year 8) represented the school in the Western NSW Final of the Legacy Public Speaking in Dubbo. Both students excelled as they have done in previous competitions and debates with Aiden winning the Legacy Public Speaking and Stephanie finishing as Runner Up. Aiden Telfser will now progress to the NSW Semi Final to be held at Parliament House in September.

This follows the success of Calhan Behrendt who won the Senior Section of the Western NSW Final of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Competition last term and also went on to the Semi Final late last term. He found the experience enriching and worthwhile and performed very well.Our Stage 3 Debating Team won the Western Associated Schools section of the HICES Debating Competition last term and debated against Nowra Anglican College last Tuesday in the Preliminary Finals. It was a very close debate on a challenging topic about the changing role of newspapers in the media. At the finals stage in this competition they only have one hour to prepare the debate from the time they receive the topic so it is a very challenging task for students so young. They lost the debate but have gained a great deal from their debating experience this year.

I would like to acknowledge the tremendous work of our teachers from the English Department and the Junior School for their role in preparing all of our students in the area of Public Speaking and Debating. I wish to particularly acknowledge the work of Mr Mottram and Mr Maher with the Public Speaking and Mr Lee with the HICES Debating. Our tremendous success is due in no small part to their commitment, enthusiasm and coaching.


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