For the first time, a selection of Year 8-10 students at Cornerstone, have participated in an inter-school debating competition.
This local initiative, which has been embraced by our English specialist teacher, Mr Will Heyes, has provided Cornerstone students with the opportunity to engage with their peers from other schools, whilst providing a forum to develop skills in debating. The Zonta / SWETA (South West English Teachers’ Association) Inter-school Debating Competition has students participating from around the region. Last night, representatives from Bunbury Senior High School made their way south, to debate the topic ‘Good looks do get you further than a good mind’.
Gemma (Y9); Anthony (Y10); and Emily (Y8) spoke in the first debate, arguing the affirmative case for the motion. Cornerstone’s Junior Debating team also consists of Eilidh (Y9); Daniel (Y8); Catherine (Y8); Madieson (Y8) and Rebecca (Y9). Members of the team will soon meet with students from closer to home. Their next opponents are from Mackillop Catholic College, and the prepared debate topic is: “That school sport should be compulsory”.
According to Mr Heyes, the students have every reason to be pleased with the great team effort they displayed. Additionally, a wonderful afternoon tea was provided thanks to the efforts of team members, Mrs Shipton and team mums.
‘Students are to be congratulated for their courage and positive attitude in taking on a new and daunting challenge. Speaking in public is one thing, but competing takes it to a whole new level’, said Mr Heyes.