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Homework gets the thumbs up in debating final

A close final has seen Bowral Public School awarded the title of state champions in this year’s Year 5&6 Premier’s Debating Challenge.

Bowral Public school winning team with their award

Bowral Public School The Bombarders’ debating team, from left Lucy, Eden, Violet and Macey.

The team known as ‘The Bombarders’ went up against reigning champions, ‘The Debateinaters’ from Hastings Public School in a “crazily close final” on Wednesday.

The teams debated the topic: “That we should require students in Years 3 to 6 to do 30 minutes of homework every weeknight.”

Debating for the affirmative, Bowral Public School spoke about how consistent habits are more useful than a procrastinating and cramming approach to homework and study.

Hastings Public School was defending the title as the only team in memory to return to the state final two years in a row.

The two schools had semi-final wins over Glenbrook Public School and Grahamstown Public School before going head-to-head for the final debate.

This year’s state final program was disrupted when catastrophic bushfire conditions caused organisers to abandon an annual three-day debating camp at Stanwell Tops. The final debates between 10 school zone finalists were instead held via video conference in instances where teams were unable to safely travel to debate face-to-face.

Tony Davey, NSW Debating and Public Speaking assistant, said the teams showed great resilience when the highly anticipated camp was cancelled.

“Each of the teams coped with the disappointment and bounced back with some incredible debating,” he said.

“It’s a credit to themselves and every student and teacher at their schools.”

More than 920 teams entered this year’s Premier’s Debating Challenge which has been running a Year 5 and 6 competition since 1995.

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