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Senior debating off to a winning start

The Maclean HS debating team (pictured) are once again arguing their way to victory. After the original senior debating competition was cancelled earlier in the year a modified knockout competition commenced this term.

Facing off against old rivals, from Toormina HS for their first debate the Maclean team had to argue on the topic: “Mindfulness meditation should be compulsory in secondary schools.” The team were given the challenging position of arguing against mindfulness meditation in high school and finding flaws in the affirmative team’s proposed model.

The team were in fine form as they organised their 9-minute speeches in the one-hour preparation time and came out all guns blazing as the debate got underway.

The state semi-finalists from last year welcomed a new addition to their team this year with Sophie Strange taking the first speaker position. For her debut debating performance, she definitely held her own amongst the veteran debaters; second speaker: Kai Hogan; third speaker was Paris Brailsford and team advisor Jonah Menzies.

Led by their coach Miss Melissa O’Neill the team were the clear winners in this debate and now face off against Armidale Secondary College in the second round later this term.

Miss Melissa O’Neill