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2012 Winners of the Forest District Interschool Debating Competition

It was an incredibly joyous time for the Years 5 & 6 students of AGBU Alexander Primary School at Duffys Forest when their debating team achieved a decisive victory against John Colet School in the finals of the ‘Forest District Interschool Debating Competition’ last Wednesday.

Sonya Boyadjian, Garo Betchakjian, Ani Manoukian and Levon Kehyayan proudly represented their school in a nail-biting conclusion. They were challenged with the topic ‘Wisdom is better than Strength’. As the affirmative, they stated that ‘having intelligence will allow you to be far more successful in life financially, emotionally and socially’. The negative side argued that ‘wisdom is useless without strength of character’.

 After a tough battle, with excellent presentation, arguments, rebuttals and repairs on both sides, the decision went to AGBU Alexander Primary School. The team was supported in class by other class members and all students have had some part in producing the other wins for the season. ‘I am justly proud of their efforts and congratulate them on their researching of the topics, their presentation and delivery skills. They have learned a great deal’ said Mrs Meaghan Terrey, the debating coordinator.

Sydney Japanese School and Galstaun College participated in a second debate ‘We have never had it so good’. Again this was a very interesting debate with Sydney Japanese School taking the win.

It has now become a proven historical fact that by consistently producing excellent debaters and strong or confident public speakers, AGBU Alexander Primary School is the dominant team in the interschool challenge. This was the eighth win for the school, in a competition that has been running for sixteen years.

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