Today our debaters Sameer, Calvin , Josie K , Karishma and Beth did a debate with Epping North Public. Their topic was that homework should be banned for primary students. Team EHPS was the Affirmative team and Team ENPS was the Negative team. It was a pretty close debate but EHPS won the debate. Good work Debaters!
I absolutely love debating. I’m sure at least some of you out there reading this post will think that too. Well a lot of you. A few days ago we had 4 practise debates, allowing 12 students try out to be in our NSW Premier Debating Rounds. We had topics about sport, education, children and social media.
Three reasons to love debating:
Getting to work with other people,
Sharing and comparing your ideas,
And most of all….. Having fun!
One main reason to not like debating:
1 hour preparation time- It can be stressful!
But I believe that we all gave it our best shot and had heaps of fun learning experiences. We all developed a fantastic and convincing speech in our last debate with all that practise. We were all confident and presented our speeches as a team, with lots of enthusiasm! Well done and good luck!
In the first week back from our Easter Holidays, what better way to start it, than a fun debating workshop to help all of us improve our skills. General knowledge is a great skill to have in persuasive writing, so that was exactly where we started. Our host, an ex-student of our school, who happened to be a pro debater, posed trivial questions based on different events that occurred or are occurring around the world. It was a fun way to start the workshop, having all of us scream answers and learn in an exciting way.
Next we did a more persuasive exercise, which we called the hot-air balloon. This activity was designed to trigger more ideas and arguments on the spot. We had to pretend that we were all in a plane, that was going to crash. The aim of this game was to pretend to be a character from the past or present (eg. Shakespeare and Taylor Swift), and convince everyone else that they should have the last hot air balloon. The winner was the person who achieved in convincing everyone and survived the crash.
At the end we designed our own argument and model ideas in teams. But even if debating isn’t your thing, it helped our confidence in public speaking and improvisation skills, all in the one workshop!