Rounding off a successful semester, our debating students brought their A-game to the stage in the Rookie Debating Grand Final last term. In a cross-campus battle, Duncraig were victorious while Carramar’s Luke Shirdon took out the Best Speaker award. Congratulations on an awesome debating season!
Debating teach students about the difference between strong and faulty arguments. It guides students through the process of developing claims and counter-arguments, as well as ones that help them identify common logical fallacies.
Introducing our fabulous combined debating teams comprising of students from Year 6 and 7.
The Arts Award Assembly took place today.
It was a wonderful array of Debating, Drama, Music, Art, and Singing.
Principal Donella Beare along with ex-student Alex Morris presented the many awards. Alex is a graduate of the University of Western Australia having completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition in 2009. During primary and secondary school at St Stephen’s, Alex studied music and had an active involvement in all available vocal ensembles and the string ensembles on the violin.
It was an opportunity to acknowledge ex-student Amy Reid who had her work ‘Girl in a Manhole’ displayed in the Art Gallery of WA where she won the Exhibition Medallion of 2016.
Parents were invited for morning tea afterwards.
Despite putting up a galant performance last night against a highly-organised team from Perth Modern, our novice team lost by a solitary point and therefore bow out of the competition.
The team pictured:
Cara-Anne Kerr, Emma Pattenden, and Charlotte Buchanan coached by Jana MacAdam (Class of 2016).
They were very well prepared, spoke beautifully and confidently and were a credit to themselves, the school and our community.
In years to come (and they’re eager to come back for more next year) they will be a formidable team.
They deserve our congratulations on their efforts.
Head of Learning Area- English and Languages
‘St Stephen’s Duncraig 3’ Novice team were victorious last night against a spirited Duncraig High team. They will now proceed to the next round which will be held at Hale next Tuesday. Their debate will be against Perth Modern and will commence at 6:30. I’ll be there to cheer them on.
The team are:
They’re coached by Jana MacAdam who graduated from SSS last year.
‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ Psalm 119:105
Rookie Debating is an opportunity for the school to bring the Duncraig and Carramar campuses together in the spirit of healthy competition. The topic debated was ‘Fidget spinners are just a harmless craze’. The trophy for most effective and influential speaker went to Braden Gostlow from Duncraig. There is a picture in the file with him holding his trophy. The adjudicators were Howie Jakeway and Ben Manifold (an external adjudicator from the West Australian Debating League- WADL). The debate was of a very high standard indeed and students were robustly prepared. In a tightly-fought and keenly contested debate, the negative team took home the trophy and are pictured holding it.
Finally, a morning tea was enjoyed by all who contributed to the debate. We look forward to these fine debaters being involved in WADL in the near future and it’s so good to hear/see that the art of debating is alive and well at St Stephen’s School.
Head of Learning Area – English and Languages