Year 7&8 Debate Team


At the end of last term, St Heliers School hosted a Term 1 Year 7 & 8 Interschool Debate Competition between St Heliers, Kohimarama, Stonefields and St Thomas’s Schools.
There were six moots ranging from ‘Video Games Makes You Smarter’ through to ‘Innovative Learning Environments are the Best Way to Learn’, our team winning two out of the three they were involved in.


All St Heliers School debaters were well-prepared, motivated to win and spoke confidently. Much of the rebuttal given by our team members was well researched and constructive.


The Year 7 debaters, who successfully represented St Heliers School for the first time, are congratulated along with the more experienced Year 8 debaters who supported and encouraged the newcomers in their teams. Many parents also came to support us with time keeping and judging debates. This was much appreciated.


Penny Tucker, a parent from Kohimarama School and former President of the Auckland Debating Association, emailed afterwards to say ‘I was fascinated seeing the students debate at the end of last term. I thought St Heliers did a great job at hosting and the students from Kohimarama really got to experience some good debating action from the St Heliers teams. The next step will be to get them all really rebutting properly and that just comes with time and confidence.’


Mrs Tucker has since visited the St Heliers Debate Teams this term to give a very informative tutorial on rebuttal techniques.


Miss Mill, Y4 Team Leader