4 June 2014
More than 250 students and staff from 17 local schools will converge on the University of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday 5 June for the launch of a major new regional debating tournament.
USC Business Development Coordinator Robyn Warn said a debating expo for Sunshine Coast schools, called Words at 10 Paces, would be held from 9am to noon at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium.
“USC is hosting the expo to launch a new short-preparation debating tournament, which is a combined Sunshine Coast schools initiative open to students from Years 6 to 12,” she said.
“It will be a dynamic session that will give students the opportunity to learn more about debating before the tournament, which runs from 20 August to 22 October.”
The expo will include a demonstration debate between students from Sunshine Coast Grammar School and St Andrew’s Anglican College.
Ms Warn said debating provided skills that students would find valuable should they choose to pursue tertiary studies.
“In both debating and at university, students learn to analyse and apply information, identify credible sources and build a case to persuasively argue their point,” she said.
“For example, school students who enjoy the art of debate could one day consider careers in fields such as Law, where skills in formal argument can be a real asset.”
Schools and institutions attending the expo are: Grace Lutheran College Caboolture, St Columban's College Caboolture, Glenview State School, Noosa District State High, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Caloundra Christian College, Caloundra City Private School, Coolum Beach Christian College, Buddina State School, Maroochydore State High School, Noosaville State School, Siena Catholic College, St Andrew’s Anglican College, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Chancellor State College, Meridan State College, Bribie Island State High School and Sunshine Coast Home Educators.
– David Cameron