Year 7&8 Debate Team


On Wednesday 25 June six members of the very motivated, articulate and hardworking Y7&8 LEP (Learning Enrichment Programme) debaters utilised their persuasive oral language skills by representing St Heliers School at an inter-school debate against Kohimarama, St Thomas’ and Stonefields schools, in an event hosted at Kohimarama School.


In preparation for this and for a total of five weeks during Term 2, the LEP Debate Team members worked collaboratively on background research and strategy. The students learnt to confidently argue the pros and cons of both moots. They also explored different ways to more effectively rebut or disprove the opposing team’s main argument.


On the day of competition, there were four debates, with our team competing in the first two only;
• Fidget Spinners Should Be Banned In Classrooms (a win to St Heliers)
• Textbooks Are Obsolete (a win to St Heliers)
• Every School Student Should Be Taught A Foreign Language (a win to Kohimarama)
• It Should Be Compulsory For Students To Attend Cooking Classes (a win to Kohimarama).


Broughton, Colden, Jorja, Hugh, Sophie and Miles are all congratulated. They approached each of the two debates St Heliers School was involved in with lots of enthusiasm, innovative thinking and intellect. Their behaviour was exemplary and made me incredibly proud to be from the same school.


I would also like to acknowledge the help and knowledge received on the day from the judges (a representative from each of the schools) and support from my wonderful parent help, Libby Studholme, which ensured the inter-school debates ran smoothly.


Miss Mill, LEP Co-ordinator/Debate Coach Team Leader