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2019 Debating Quarter Finals




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Week 3, Term Three, 2019

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This week, our five remaining debating teams competed in the Quarter Finals and Junior B Finals of the Gold Coast Debating Competition. This was the final night of the Junior B Competition, which is structured differently to all other divisions.

Quarter Finals and Junior B Finals

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Wednesday night saw our three remaining Years 8 to 12 debating teams compete in the Quarter Final of the Gold Coast Debating Competition.

Our Junior A team had so-far progressed through the series undefeated, so they went into the debate strong favourites. Unfortunately, they faced a narrow defeat from a very strong St Hilda’s School opposition, just losing the fight on the topic Bottled water should be banned.

Open A SOM 1 have put up an incredible fight in the series so far. A team comprised of entirely Year 10 students, unheard-of in the Open A division, their progression to the Quarter Finals was a commendable achievement. All reports substantiate an undeniably high-quality debate, but there must be a winner, and unfortunately, it was All Saints Anglican School on the night. Well done to these young debaters – we look forward to their being a formidable force through their senior schooling.

Open A SOM 2 is our most senior team, comprised of highly-experienced debaters. They have fought all season against the Coast’s best, and on Wednesday night they managed to snatch the win from Coomera Anglican College in an incredibly close debate. Although the Coomera team was polished in their expert presentation, it was our Somerset seniors who prevailed with a superior case – which is, after all, what matters in debating.

Open A SOM 2 will thus represent the College in the Open A Semi-Finals to be held on our home ground on Wednesday 14 August at 6.00pm. Spectators are welcome and encouraged – come along and support our seniors in their final debating series!

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