WADL Debating… Round 1

It was the first night of the 2020 Western Australia Debating League (WADL) season and our teams were in action, competing with other local schools. Our novices got their first taste of WADL debating by getting their teeth stuck into whether politics should be a compulsory subject in high school. Our seasoned senior debaters wrestled with the complex role NATO plays in world affairs. With Rookie Debating to come next term (as well as Interhouse Debating), public speaking is alive and well at St Stephen’s!

Howie Jackeway

Head of Learning Area – English & Languages

Novice team:

Ben Hayes

Rachel Ford

Amelie van Wyk

Kari Whitelock

Senior team:

Cara-Anne Kerr

Alysha MacAdam

Emma Charteris




Rookie Debating Grand Final

The Theatre was buzzing last Wednesday as Year 6 students from Carramar and Duncraig headed into their Rookie Debating Grand Final. The teams debated whether ‘Space travel is a waste of time and money’ with both sides presenting well-rounded and convincing arguments. In the end, it was Carramar’s rookie debaters who took out the top spot – by just one point! Well done to all our Debating students.


A meeting for all students interested in representing the school in the Western Australia Debating League will be held in A7 at lunchtime on the 15th February. Students who have no experience of public speaking or debating are particularly welcome, as are those who have previously represented the school in previous years. Coaching for all teams will be provided by the school. Public speaking encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential. WADL aims to do this by ensuring all WA school students have access to challenging debating competitions, high quality resources, and purpose-built development opportunities. Involvement in WADL debates is a fun and challenging way of representing the school. Please come to the meeting at lunchtime on the 15th February to find out more. I look forward to seeing you there.

Howie Jakeway

Head of Learning Area- English and Languages