On the 15th August four Girton Grammar School Debating Teams competed in the State Playoffs of the Debaters’ Association of Victoria Schools’ Competition. The students competed against the best teams in the state at Lowther Hall Anglican School in Essendon.
Our A Grade team consisting of Stephanie Brunner (12Jo), Charlie Wardrop (11A), Jordan Rogers (11M), Max Tulloch (11Jo) and Harry Shobanan (12R) won their debate That athletes have the moral obligation to boycott sporting events in countries with poor human rights records, with Jordan awarded best speaker. This team will now compete in the octo-finals in September, which puts them in the top 16 of over 250 VCE teams in the state; a wonderful effort!
Our B Grade team consisting of Thomas Millar (11Jo), Conrad Livingstone (11F), William Everist (11A) and Abbey Saxon (11F) lost their debate by only 1 point, That select entry schools should only be made available to financially disadvantaged families. This was closely fought with our team just missing out. Great work on making the State Playoffs for the first time also.
In C Grade, our C1 team consisting of Dominic Tune (10Je), Dinith Tennakoon (10Je), Noah Ashby (10F) and James Brown (10F) lost their debate by only 2 points, That we should require all politicians to use public services (e.g. health and education). Congratulations for making the State Playoffs for the first time.
Our C2 team consisting of Kavindu Hathurusinghe (9Je), Aubrey Jacobs (9Jo) and Lasith Kulasekara (9Jo) Eliza O’Sullivan (9Jo) debating the same C Grade topic as above, lost also. Congratulations to the team for competing at C Grade level and making the State Playoffs for the first time.
Congratulations to all who participated in the debates, either as speakers or research assistants; a wonderful effort!