On Tuesday the 24th July, three of our debating teams from Rochester Secondary College competed in Round 5 of the Bendigo Debating Competition. We also had two other Year 7s who have previously debated attend to watch and learn from the debates and feedback from the adjudicator.
D Grade – Abigail Clarke (Year 7), Summer Pain (Year 7) and Georgia Matthews (Year 8) arguing from the negative side that ‘There should be minimum mandatory sentences’. Successfully winning against Girton Grammar’s Year 7 and 8 side with strong arguments and rebutting against all speakers from the affirmative side.
C Grade – Alex Ingram (Year 7), Isabella Miriklis (Year 7) and Makayler Tatt (Year 7) arguing from the negative side that ‘There should be an inheritance tax’. RSC were winners in this round too, against Girton Grammar’s Year 9 and 10 side. This team has some naturally talented speakers, who have continued to improve with each debate they complete.
Due to these wins we now have a Year 7 team going on to the next level in Essendon, Melbourne. We wish Alex Ingram, Summer Pain and Isabella Miriklis all the best as they will represent Rochester Secondary College in the zone finals.
Our VCE team won by forfeit but had the opportunity to still debate “Why celebrities should not go into politics” against Bendigo Secondary. Olivia Clarke, Madesyn Honey and Olivia Dimovski provided a very amusing debate explaining why Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian would attract the interest and influence the younger generation in current political matters. This is the last debate for our VCE girls, but it was great to see them encourage our younger debaters through holding meetings and supporting them through the rounds.
We thank George Dimovski and Ms Pudney who puts in many extra hours to help all our debaters research the topic, brainstorm ideas and examples. Also a big thank you to Ruth Borger who drove the bus and supported each of the teams on the night.