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DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
Third row: Evan Gale, Zachariah Stuart, Billy Neville, Tom Kendell, Mrs Sharon Beattie
(PIC). Second row: Elodie Harriman, Tina Auckland, Emalee Burrows, Charles Headlam
(vc), Tayla Radford, Simone Saville, Emma Holder, Front row Tarnith Kelly, Dimity
Keam, Isabelle Nichol, Sophie Jones (c), Louise Barnett (c), Charlotte Nichol, Hannah
Wolfhagen, Ashley Brown. Absent: Alice Gilmour, Claire Schouten.
The Parliamentary Plate team Simone Saville, Tayla Radford, Hannah Wolfhagen,
Emalee Burrows, Ashley Brown and Evan Gale with PIC of Debating Mrs Sharon
Back row: Zachariah Stuart, Skye Ranicar. Third row: Maddie Taylor, Hugh Bradley, Chester James Smith, Meg Irvine. Second row: Dimity Keam, Shannon de Sousa, Will Foster,
Felicity Jones, Tina Auckland. Front row: Emma Holder, Amy Tristram, Yasmin De Jersey, Zara De Jersey, Sophie Lawrence. Absent: Amelia Pearson, Elliot Brown, Laura Warren,
Maddie Dvorsky, Sarah Stuart, Oskar Bucirde.
Ladies and gentlemen, debating is a fundamental part of
life for all teenagers. The fact that our parents now try to stare
us down rather than argue is clear proof of Scotch Oakburn’s
debaters’ skills. The season has been a long, rewarding one and
our voices did not break, unlike the Scotch Oakburn Park levee
bank. Our perseverance was undisputed, much like the need
for chocolate to return to the vending machine, and our overall
superiority rang true like the fire alarm.
The Northern Debating Roster was the major competition
for 2014. Two teams entered in the Senior A division, with
Louise Barnett, Tarnith Kelly, Claire Schouten, Evan Gale and
Emalee Burrows taking out the trophy. Two Senior B teams also
represented the College. First place in this competition was
awarded to Isabelle Nichol, Charlotte Nichol, Tina Auckland,
Simone Saville and Tayla Radford, who were undefeated for the
The Northern High Schools Junior Debating season was also
a very impressive one. Four Scotch Oakburn teams competed,
with each debating seven rounds – four prepared and three
short notice debates. SOC A, comprised of Yasmin De Jersey,
Laura Warren, Jordyn Gibson, Lewis Ottaway and Ashley
Draper, won the Junior A division while the Junior B trophy was
won by SOC C, featuring Sarah Walker, Clare Broomby, Heather
Collins and YaYa Mackeddie.
This year’s annual Parliamentary Shield competition was
closely contested by our Senior A Shield team and our Senior
B Plate team. Congratulations must go to this year’s winning
Parliamentary Plate team comprised of Ashely Brown, Tayla
Radford, Emalee Burrows, Evan Gale, Hannah Wolfhagen and
Simone Saville, who defeated St Patrick’s College in a close and
well-fought final. Unfortunately, our Shield team, comprised of
Louise Barnett, Sophie Jones, Charles Headlam, Alice Gilmour
and Tarnith Kelly, lost to Launceston Church Grammar School.
As a result we were deprived of a clean sweep of debating
trophies, but five out of six ‘aint bad’!
A highlight for the College was this year’s two staff vs
student debates. Both debates – ‘dating techniques should
be taught in schools’, and ‘staff should wear a uniform’ – were
awarded to the staff teams (they do write our reports).
House debating was also a huge success, with both new
and experienced debaters eager to share their skills with the
College community. Briggs won all three of their rounds yet
lost the final (on the topic, ‘that teachers should be replaced by
computers’) to an impressive Fox team!
Irrefutably, sincere thanks must go to both Mrs Sharon
Beattie and Ms Helen Dosser who have been responsible
for the superb co-ordination of all Scotch Oakburn College
debating teams. Their guidance, wealth of knowledge and
constant supply of cue cards have been unparalleled.
Louise Barnett and Sophie Jones
Co-Captains of Debating
Alice Gilmour and Clare Schouten with
Interschool A and B trophies
Louise Barnett at Parliamentary Shield
Louise Barnett in staff-student debate
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