Students at Glenroy College are encouraged to be part of the Debating Teams in Year 7, 8 and 9.

This year, Glenroy College has entered two Year 9 teams in the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) Schools Debating Competition, in the Coburg region.

Throughout the year our students compete against other Year 9 students from several nearby schools, speaking in teams of three to try to convince an impartial adjudicator to take their side on a controversial issue. Some recent topics that we have debated have been whether or not we should ban beauty pageants, whether or not animals should be used in sport, and whether or not children should be allowed to play violent video games.

In the second half of the year, the Year 7 and Year 8 Debating students will be entered in the DAV Junior Secondary Program. This program provides a detailed introduction to debating, teaching students how to develop the skills and techniques involved in formal debating, in a friendly and supportive environment.

The students who choose to become involved in our debating programme develop excellent public speaking skills, improve their ability to work effectively in teams, and learn how to plan and structure complex arguments and use language to persuade others. Next year we hope to expand our involvement in the DAV Schools Debating Competition, so that more of our students can benefit from the wonderful opportunities provided by participation in the debating programme.

Ms. Bolger, Debating Coordinator