This year, we are proud to announce that our two debating teams – the Year 9 (D Grade) team and the Year 10 (C Grade) team – have qualified for the finals of the DAV Debating Competition.
The regular 5-round season has been a tumultuous one. Coming out of two years of lockdown, our debaters have persevered through interrupted schedules, numerous opposing forfeits and avoiding COVID to secure flawless seasons in the Williamstown region, thus qualifying them for the post-season playoffs. As of this update, both teams have completed their playoffs and have made it through to the Octo-Finals, with one contest each week until the Grand Final. The Year 9 team knocked out St. Monica’s College and Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School in their playoffs, debating over the topics of forcibly relocating residents from disaster zones, and the implantation of a meat tax. The Year 10s eliminated Ballarat Grammar and Yarra Valley Grammar in incredibly high-level debates over the prosecution of journalists who leak state secrets, and a proposed ban on selective entry schools.
On September 9th, the Year 9s are scheduled to face Caulfield Grammar on the topic of introducing performance pay for teachers, and the Year 10s will face Trinity Grammar on the issue of Australian citizens travelling overseas for medical tourism.
We are immensely proud of our teams, who have overcome adversity on their path to the finals. Every debater has grown immensely in confidence, skill and maturity. As a testament to the achievements, every debater has been awarded a Best Speaker award at least once. Congratulations to the students who secured the path to the finals.
Year 9: Joanna Kallis, Angela Wu, Emily Ko
Year 10: Jamila Mezensoff, Lynn Chia, Cooper Boyle
David Nguyen – Debating Coordinator