Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

No Arguments about Debating Talent at South Grafton

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

No Arguments about Debating Talent at South Grafton

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"AFTER our arguments, obviously you will see..."

"I passionately believe that..."

"There are shady and untrustworthy characters..."

The words fired back and forth between the 16 students in the South Grafton Public School hall.

And the teachers smiled and nodded.

"3 minutes, thank you very much."

The young students from as far as Tweed Heads to Laurieton came together to try out for the North Coast state debating squad, who will compete in Sydney in November.

Nominated by their school after their results in the Premier's Debating Challenge organised by the Department of Educations Art Unit, the kids were put through their paces in a variety of different scenarios and topics.

"There's general knowledge questions, individual debates where they have a short preparation time and they have to deliver rebuttal and an argument on a given topic," North Coast coordinator Rhonda Thompson said.

"Then they had to take part in two debates for which they had to prepare in 40 minutes. …

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