No Debating that Scots are ISDA Champs
In the nail-biting Grand Final of the Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) competition, The Scots College came away from the night as winners in the Year 9 Debating division. It is the first time that The Scots College have taken the title in this division and they hope to maintain this newly acquired position.
On Friday 15 June, The Scots College defeated Cranbrook in the Grand Final of the ISDA competition. The Year 9 ISDA Debate team comprised of Scots boys Denny Chen, Lachlan Hamilton, Robert Rutledge, Edward Wong and Bovey Zhao. The victorious students from The Scots College debated the negative side of the topic 'Developed countries should not accept skilled migrants from developing countries'. The ISDA competition involves over thirty competitive Debating schools' divided into four zones. Teams prepare for seven preliminary rounds throughout the season, leading to three semi-finals and the concluding Grand Final.
Under the guidance of the Teacher of Debating, Ms Claire Duffy, and Debating Coach, Ms Alexandra Downie, The Scots College Year 9 team delivered compelling debates throughout the season, leading up to their near undefeated title. Meanwhile, the Scots Senior B team narrowly missed winning the title in their division, defeated by Grammar in the Grand Final.
"Excellent debating develops lateral thinking, intellectual adventure, curiosity, and a mindset attuned to seeking alternative perspectives. I am extremely proud of the overall performance of the Scots Debating teams, particularly the Year 9 team who thrive on challenge and always strive for excellence together." said Dr Ian PM Lambert, Principal of The Scots College.
19 June 2012
Caption: 1. The Scots College Year 9 Debate team; back row: Mr Andrew Potter, Dr Ian PM Lambert and Ms Claire Duffy. Front row: Lachlan Hamilton, Bovey Zhao, Robert Rutledge, Denny Chen and Edward Wong.
Caption: 2. Ms Claire Duffy, Mr Andrew Potter, Dr Ian PM Lambert with Lachlan Hamilton, Edward Wong, Robert Rutledge, Denny Chen and Bovey Zhao