Wow, what a season for debating! Phoenix P-12 Community College sent 30 students to the Royal South Street Debating Competition ACU Cup. All students were phenomenal, showing great courage speaking in front of parents, friends and students from other schools.

After an intense five days, two teams went through to the semi-finals; Year 10 Team 1 (Kelsey Madden, Ashlee Collins, and Tazmin Forrest) and Year 9 Team 1 (Sebastian Allen, Georgia Hugo and Kailee Burton). It was the first time in four years that Phoenix has had a team through to the next round, let alone two teams! Both teams spoke very well and argued hard; unfortunately, we didn’t make the grand final.

A big congratulations to Sebastian Allen and Kelsey Madden who were awarded the runners up prize for best speaker in the competition. A big congratulations to all of our teams. The students were spectacular in their efforts and I look forward to seeing them debate again next year.

In other debating news, our final round for DAV was on Wednesday 31st July. Our C Grade Team (Kelsey Madden, Ashlee Collins and Georgia Hugo) won their final debate for the season. They finished second on the ladder missing out on finals by two points. An amazing effort from the girls! Our D Grade Team (Sebastian Allan, William Innella, Lachlan Olsen and Vincent Steicke) finished third on the ladder after an intensive season.

All debating students and any students interested in joining debating will be welcome to attend an Inter-School Debating Extravaganza in October, hosted by Phoenix p-12 Community College.

Ms Abbey Panosh—English/Humanities Teacher