Eisteddfod Debating

Two strong Year 7 and 8 teams competed in this year’s Festival of Sight and Sound Eisteddfod Debating Competition. Competing against local schools, both teams demonstrated some impressive talent and improving skills in public speaking.

James O’Brien, Hannah Walsh, Emily Cameron and Campbell Westmoreland competed in the Year 7 division. Each speaker put forward strong arguments and they participated well as a team. Particular thanks must be given to Campbell who joined the team at very late notice – he demonstrated excellent debating ability. Furthermore, Emily Cameron should be commended as she was unfortunately quite ill in the lead up to the competition.

To their credit, Tiana Smerdon, Kaitlyn McGowan, Sarah Reed, Imara Buchanan, Helena Lethlean in Year 8 won three of their four debates, resulting in equal first place with St Paul’s College of Walla Walla. Unfortunately Abbi Lockey, who was a part of the team was ill on the day and could not participate.

Debating is an extremely beneficial and worthwhile form of public speaking as it assists in improving overall organisation, team work, writing, speaking and listening skills and furthermore, is extremely enjoyable. We look forward to competing in future upcoming debates.


If you are interested in being a part of our debating club, please speak with either myself or Ms Crosswell for further information. Well done to our debaters.

Erik Hamilton
English Teacher