To the AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition Year 7 and 8 Team, who compete against The Armidale School in the Grand Final on Wednesday this coming week. What an incredible achievement to make it this far in a new competition. Good luck to:
- Keenor Sabaa (Year 7)
- Rose Cunningham (Year 7)
- Isabella Tesoriero (Year 8)
- Ella Khoury (Year 8)
- Tahlia Moses (Year 8)
Watch out for live results via Twitter @LNExtraCurric.
Well done to Sophie Earle (Academic Activities Captain) and the Academic Leaders. Over the past couple of weeks, they have led Inter-House Debating. See below for Sophie’s report and the wining teams.
Over the last few weeks, the Academic Activities Leaders and I were lucky enough to run and adjudicate our annual inter-house debating competition. This friendly competition runs at lunch and gives girls from all year groups and with a range of debating experience an opportunity to compete in or watch debates in a fun and supportive environment.
We had more than 100 girls participating this year, and the Academic Activities Council and I would like to congratulate everyone who competed, not only for the high-quality debates but also the great teamwork and spirit we saw from all the girls participating. It was fantastic to see some of our more experienced debaters teaching their friends the tricks of debating throughout the rounds, and some excellent and insightful arguments were being made across all year groups.
We hope all the girls enjoyed the competition as much as we enjoyed adjudicating it, and we encourage everyone to give a formal debating competition a try next year.
A big thank you to all of the Year 11 girls who adjudicated, and to the Academic Activities Leaders who were immensely helpful in organising the competition and allowing it to run smoothly.
A special congratulations to the following teams who won their grand finals:
Year 7 – Maye: Fayth Eltakchi, Leah Allan, Emma O’Brien and Isabella Hillier
Year 8 – Ward: Isabella Tesoriero, Alexis Taylor, Natalia Barone and Josephine Pek-Lowther
Year 9 – Mulhall: Becca Zammit. Elisha Paul and Eloise Rose-Helbert
Year 10 – Barry: Abigaile Angell, Arabella Price and Alice Kevans
Congratulations to all students who have engaged in Oratory@LN this year. It has been wonderful to see our students engage, experience, be challenged, and succeed in all endeavours undertaken this year. Despite the many challenges, our students have managed to improve in the Oratory field. While students have missed meeting other speakers face-to-face, there is much to be said for the skills of presenting in an online environment. Moving forward in education and in our careers, it is inevitable that online presentation skills will be a job requirement for many of us.
So, this year has taught us many things. We registered just one team with the AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition in 2020 as we wanted to dip our toes into the waters of virtual debating… little did we know that our entire program would become virtual. Yet our students have adapted well and switched to focusing on a camera rather than audience eye contact with finesse.
2021 will see our program expand and we look forward to new experiences, challenges and wins. Information about these programs will be communicated at the start of the school year.
Thank you to the staff, students and parents who have supported Oratory@LN in the year of 2020 – bring on 2021!
Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer