One way this is achieved is through debating. Through organised debates, students learn how to think on the spot, create clear arguments, and build their confidence.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle runs a debating competition in its schools annually, with the Secondary Schools Debating Competition finishing this week. Two schools excelled and will go on to compete in the state finals held in Sydney.
Year 9 teams competed at St Clare’s, Taree, on Tuesday 15 September. The final two teams were ‘all-boy’ teams representing St Clare’s and St Joseph’s, Lochinvar. In a very close competition for the topic of “That we are a nation of imitators”, the St Clare’s boys were victorious.
The Catholic Schools Debating Association runs a state competition, with the NSW regional debating finals hosted by Catherine McAuley College, Westmead on Friday 6 November.
Winners of the regional finals will compete that evening against the metropolitan winners to determine state results.
St Paul’s, Booragul, will send its winning teams from Year 7, Year 10 and Seniors.
St Clare’s, Taree, will send its winning teams from Year 8 and Year 9.
Debating is just one of the initiatives offered in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s schools to equip students with public speaking skills for their future.