Like Cricket and Swimming, Debating needs to be organized early in Term 1 as the Queensland Debating Union competition accepts team nominations from schools as early as possible. Here at Ambrose Treacy College we would like students to debate in this QDU competition. It has benefits for the individual students and for the year cohort. The individual learns how to talk to a group (a large audience is the exception rather than the rule at school debates) but more importantly he learns the skills of making clear arguments and then defending these arguments with sound ideas. This skill is a necessity for students wishing to perform well across a range of senior subjects. Historically these skills were described in Greek logic as developed by Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. If enough students participate in debating, then the year cohort benefits because invariably class discussions and presentations are of a higher calibre and this defuses to the majority of students. We are now calling for nominations for our Year 9 and our Year 8 teams. If sufficient apply we will run trials to grade our teams to better match the QDU competition. The debates are held on Wednesday nights except where there is a clash with “State of Origin” night in Brisbane when most of the adjudicators are otherwise engaged.
Students who are keen to debate should pass their names onto me via email to Mr Quinn.
We are negotiating with QDU for ATC to be the host school for either the Year 8 or Year 9 debating nights. This should suit our students as they could remain at school before their debates and it seems to suit QDU who are looking for an inner western suburbs venue to compliment the usual city colleges.
For more details about the Queensland Debating Union please email me or visit the QDU website
Mr Greg Quinn Debating Coordinator