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Debating is an excellent choice for students who like to think on their feet, and analyse or evaluate issues.

This activity helps student to develop their public speaking, impromptu, analytical, and critical skills. They learn to create a complex argument based on underlying values, principles and flow on effects, and engage with the opposition’s argument.

Debating is open to all year levels, with two competition grades: Junior (Years 9–11) and Senior (Years 12–13). Each grade has a novice and experienced section.

Both levels participate in approximately three competition debates per term against other Canterbury schools, which take place early on a Thursday evening.

Meetings and coaching sessions take place during Wednesday lunchtimes. Junior teams are coached by senior debating students, who share their generosity and skill with the oversight of teachers.

2017 Success

Our debating teams reached several competition finals at regional level in 2017. Two of our junior debaters, Andrew Garbett and Imogen McNeil (both Year 10) were named in the Canterbury Regional Development Squad, with a further four students included in the initial development squad for 2018.

Two senior students, Callum Stewart (Year 12) and Meg Longley (Year 11) were named in the Canterbury Senior Regional Debating team as reserves, and together with a third St Andrew’s student, Megan Blackwood (Year 12) were also named in the nine-strong Canterbury Senior Debating Development Squad.

Co-ordinator:  Helaina Coote - HCE@stac.school.nz