MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS’ CUP DEBATING COMPETITIONS
Last Thursday 9 of our wonderful debaters from Year 10 competed in the Macquarie Schools’ Cup (Senior Division) Debating Competition. This was particularly impressive as the competition is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students. As our seniors were not able to attend, these Year 10 boys bravely stood up and took on the challenge.
Please click below to read the full report.
Mrs S McCormack - Year 10 Debating Coach
CSDA COMPETITION PUBLIC SPEAKING
The CSDA Public Speaking competition runs on the following three Friday. Information on venues and times will follow as soon as the College is informed. Entries have closed for 2017 and our training will take place in the JCR on Tuesdays at lunch time. Please contact Mrs Waterson if you miss this Tuesday’s meetings. These are important meetings.
2017 CSDA Public Speaking Topics
- Mud, mud, glorious mud
- In defence of the Kardashians
- Emotional turmoil
- Strong and constant
- How are things in Glocca Mora?
Public Speaking Competition dates - Term 1
March 3 - Round 1
March 10 - Zone Final
March 17 - Final
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS’ DEBATING COMPETITION (CSDA)
Registration forms are at the front office now. Students need to complete the form and return it to the box marked “Public Speaking and Debating” on the front verandah. The CSDA competition dates are as follows. St Pius X College will host as many of these rounds as possible as home events are easier for our parents. The 2017 CSDA competition dates:
Round 1 April 28
Round 2 May 5
Round 3 May 12
Round 4 May 19
Round 5 May 26
Round 6 June 2
Elimination Round 1 June 16
Elimination Round 2 June 23
Quarterfinal July 21
Semi-final July 28
Grand Final August 3
If you want to be a part of the terrific St Pius X College debating community it is essential that you attend ALL of the first six rounds. If your team makes it through to the Elimination round (and beyond) you also need to keep the above dates free.
Our senior students act as coaches/supporters for our junior teams. We are also lucky enough to have ex-students to work with the junior teams as the younger students really enjoy contact with our ex-debating “champions”.
SCHOOL’S DEBATING NETWORK
St Pius X College participates in the School’s Debating Network (SDN) Competition. schools include: Abbotsleigh, Redlands, Riverview, Roseville, Stella Maris, Monte & Wenona. This 7 round competition runs in Term 3 every Friday night from 21st July to 8th September. There will then be a Tiebreaker and Final round.
Round 1 21st July, Roseville College hosting St Pius X College
Round 2 28th July, Stella Maris hosting St Pius X College
Round 3 4th August, Riverview hosting St Pius X College
Round 4 11th August, St Pius X College hosting Wenona
Round 5 18th August, St Pius X College hosting Monte
Round 6 25th August, Abbotsleigh hosting St Pius X College
Round 7 2nd September, Redlands hosting St Pius X College
Tiebreaker 8th September, hosted by St Pius X College
Final 15th September, hosted by Monte
The fee for the CSDA extra-curricular activity is $105.00 which will be included in your Term Two school fees. This fee goes towards paying for Friday evening coach hiring in order to get to our away venues. We keep our fees as low as possible and have funding from the St Pius X College P & F to subsidise the cost of hiring coaches on Friday evenings.
Two hours of training per week is mandatory. Our training commences 2-3 weeks before Round 1 with St Pius X College hosting pre-season ‘friendly’ debates with 2-3 local high schools. Friday afternoon training from 3.30 – 5pm is compulsory for all debaters and coaches determine the other hour or so of training each week at times that suit their team. CSDA debates commence at 6pm and students and coaches either travel to venues at 5pm or, when hosting, students have a one hour dinner break before our guests arrive at Pius for a 6pm competition commencement. SDN debates have a different, later running order.
Thank you on behalf of the brilliant SPX debating coaches and senior student mentors.
St Pius X College also competes in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition and the Plain English Speaking Competition and details will follow.
Mrs M Waterson - Debating and Public Speaking Convener