On the 20th March the Girton Grammar School Debating Teams competed in the first rounds of the debater’s Debaters’ Association of Victoria Schools’ Competition. As always, the students conducted themselves impeccably and had great success winning 5 out of 7 debates; a strong effort.
In D Grade, the D1 team consisting of Sophie Mayes (7Jo), Freya Nairn (7Jo), Sophie Tyson-Vallance (7Jo) and Olivia Morris (7Je) competed in their first debate, That we should introduce a congestion charge for motor vehicles, losing narrowly by 2 points. Congratulations on competing for the first time!
Our D2 team consisting of Viran Dhanapala (7R), William Lovett (7Jo), Sharoon Mirza (7Je), Remus Brasier (7M), Aksharan Shobanan (7R) and Rhys Pether (7A) competed in their first debate, That we should introduce a congestion charge for motor vehicles, and won by 2 points, with Will winning best speaker. Congratulations!
Special thanks go to Mrs Barton and the Year 12 team who helped the Year 7s prepare for these debates.
In C Grade, our C1 team consisting of Dominic Tune (10Je), James Brown (10F), Noah Ashby (10F) and Dinith Tennakoon (10JeF) lost their advised topic debate That we should lower the voting age to 16, by two points.
Our C2 team consisting of Aubrey Jacobs (9Jo), Janidu Hathurusinghe (9Je), and Lasith Kulasekara (9Jo) won their debate That we should ban the sale of all cars powered by fossil fuels by 2025, by 1 point. Lasith won best speaker, a great effort!
Our C3 team consisting of Will Hamilton (8Je), Eric Lovett (9Jo), Nathan Jones (9Jo) and Woaliba Hadi (9F) competed in their very first debate, That we should lower the voting age to 16, winning by 1 point.
Our VCE Grade Year 11 team consisting of Thomas Millar (11Jo), Conrad Livingstone (11F), Abbey Saxon (11F) and William Everist (11A) won their secret topic debate, That Australia should implement a universal basic income, by 1 point.
Our VCE Grade Year 11-12 team consisting of Stephanie Brunner (12Jo), Charlie Wardrop (11A), Jordan Rogers (11M), Max Tulloch (11Jo) and Harrishman Shobanan (12R) won their debate That corporations should be taxed based on environmental impacts.
Congratulations to all who participated in the debates, either as speakers or research assistants; a wonderful effort!
Dr Andrew Itter