Once again, Somerset has had some excellent results in the Gold Coast Debating Competition for 2016. This year, Somerset entered 11 teams across 6 divisions comprising of students from Years 7 to 12.
Students have performed extremely well this year with 7 out of 11 teams successfully qualifying for the finals rounds. In order to qualify for finals, each team needed to win the majority of their four preliminary debates which took place on Wednesday evenings throughout Terms One and Two. This season, teams debated a number of complex and contentious topics from whether 'homework is a worthwhile use of time' to whether 'rich nations deserve their riches'.
This year's debating season recently came to a close with the Grand Finals which was held at Bond University on Wednesday of Week 7. One Somerset team, Open A Team 2, comprising of Year 11 students Brendan Major, Zoe Wei, Nalin Batra, Yukimaro Ii and Olivier Rosendahl qualified for the Grand Finals. While the rest of the College was planning how they would spend their long weekend, the team, coached by Ms Bronwyn Lee, were busy preparing for the Open A Grand Final – the most anticipated and prestigious debate of the season. Although nervous, the team spoke eloquently, arguing against the topic ‘the Olympic spirit is alive and well’. Despite not winning, the team performed exceptionally well, with Zoe Wei taking home the “Speaker of the Night” award.
All Somerset teams have been outstanding representatives of the College throughout the debating season, conducting themselves in an exceptional manner at their debates and accepting both victory and defeat with grace and humility. Thank you to all who have participated in Debating this year and to Gold Coast Debating, Bond University and all the parents, coaches, adjudicators and student volunteers who make this competition possible. A special thank you must go to Mrs Sarah Hossy, Somerset's Debating Co-ordinator, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the numerous debating rounds hosted at Somerset went off smoothly and kept all teams and coaches informed throughout the season.
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