Premier’s Debating Challenge – State Championships

L to R: Fred Kearney, Declan Eshman, Laura Williams and Alex Letts

On Tuesday 3rd December, the Western Region Year 7/8 Debating Championship team consisting of Fred Kearney, Alex Letts, Declan Eshman and Laura Williams travelled to Sydney to compete in the State Finals held at The Women’s College, University of Sydney.

The ten regional champion teams were split into two pools and they participated in 5 debates over a period of one and a half days. Through each of their debates, the CHS team took on board the feedback of the adjudicators, and they all spoke confidently, used sophisticated language and represented Coonabarabran High School with pride. There were some tricky topics up for debate on education, health, media, gender and sport, and our students demonstrated an excellent grasp on current events.

The team won debates against Murrumbidgee Regional High School, Narara Valley High School and Quirindi High School. We very narrowly lost to Fort Street High School and James Ruse Agricultural High School – the only two selective schools in the competition. Unfortunately, this put us out of semi-final contentions. In the end, the final debate was between these two selective high schools, with Fort Street narrowly winning the debate as the affirmative with the topic ‘That teacher’s should be able to search students’ bags’.

The Arts unit, who co-ordinate the Premier’s Debating Challenge, made special mention of the students from Coonabarabran High School, stating that the students were “unlucky, and insanely skilful”.

Congratulations to these wonderful debaters and ambassadors. I look forward to seeing debate next year!