Published on: 24 August 2017

Success is being celebrated by one of our Senior Debating teams following their progression to the Western Australian Debating League (WADL) Senior Grand Final in a face-off with Shenton College.

The WADL Grand Final takes place next Tuesday 29 August at the State Library of Western Australia and is run by the Western Australian Debating League, the leading debating organisation in Western Australia. One of its key priorities is to ensure all students have meaningful access to debating that encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential.

Members of the Senior Debating team and Year 12 students Jia Weh Lo, Lumina Gajanayake, Keaton Wright, Duncan Grainger and Daniel Robbins look forward to representing Christ Church in next week’s Senior Grand Final as they take on what will be an impromptu debate topic.

“Debating has improved my ability to speak in large groups of people confidently, to cooperate in a team and construct a logical arguments in a concise and effective manner while working under time constraints,” says Duncan.

Co-ordinators of Debating Ms Claudia Feldman and Ms Clare Macfarlane say “We wish the boys the very best for Tuesday night and we are very proud of their achievements in making the Grand Final. The debating community continues to thrive at Christ Church due to the hard work and dedication of staff over the years, as well as the mentoring and support offered by Senior boys to younger debaters. We also look forward to celebrating the debating season with our debaters at our annual pizza and quiz night on Tuesday 5 September.”

“Boys at Christ Church have the opportunity to get involved in WADL Debating, BP (British Parliament) Debating and AHISA Debating competitions throughout the year. We are fortunate to have two old boys, Kenneth Macpherson and Myles McQuillan, coaching the teams.”

In other good news, 25 of our boys recently won their divisions in the junior and novice categories of the WADL.

We wish Jia Weh, Lumina, Keaton, Duncan and Daniel the best of luck as they take to the Senior Grand Final.