THE Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace hosted their ‘Annual Primary School Debating Competition’ this week.
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The Rotary Club has organised the Annual Primary School Debating Competition for the best part of forty years, making it a well known and respected event on the Port Stephens schools calendar each year.
Year five and six students from eight local primary schools competed this year.
Participating students in the 2017 competition were; Raymond Terrace Public School, Irrawang Public School, Grahamstown Public School, St Brigid’s Primary School, Clarence Town Public School, Seaham Public School, Medowie Public School and Wirreanda Public School.
The final was held on 13 November 2017, between Seaham Public School and Wirreanda Public School.
Both Seaham and Wirreanda had not reached the finals for the last eight years, so the experience was exciting for both schools to reach this level.
Wirreanda team members were; Eden McAusland, Ella Clayden, Lana Christie, and Kimrena Joe (Wirreanda Team Adviser).
Seaham team members were; Charli Codrington (Chair), Bridie Gillon, Veronica Nunan, Clare Moir (Seaham Team Adviser) and Tahlia Jarvie.
The closely contested debate was won in the end by Seaham Public School, who argued in the affirmative “That society has become too politically correct”.
Seaham were awarded the much coveted Perpetual Trophy, which also included a cash donation to the school.
The Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace also generously gave a cash donation to each of the eight schools that participated in the competition this year.
Every participating student also received a certificate.
Sharon Chambers from the Raymond Terrace Rotary Club told News Of The Area, “We would like to thank all the schools that participated, and especially the teachers for their time and effort involved in furthering the skill of public speaking.”
By Rachael VAUGHAN