Whether animals should be banned from inclusion in sport and entertainment events is one of the topical issues to be debated by Central Coast high school students at the Central Coast Campus Debate Cup.
Now in its tenth year, the University of Newcastle School of Education will host the annual Central Coast Campus High School Debate Cup at Ourimbah on Thursday 27 November.
Year 7 and 8 students from 12 Central Coast high schools will debate three topics including: ‘That schools should teach current affairs, rather than history’; ‘That we should ban 17-year-olds from paid employment’; and ‘That we should ban animals in sport and entertainment’.
The Central Coast Campus High School Debate Cup commenced in 2005 as an initiative of the UON Central Coast’s School of Education, to encourage analytical and communication skills for Central Coast students.
The winners of the 2013 Debate Cup, Gosford High School, as well as last year’s runner up, Kariong Mountains High School, have registered teams for the event.
Students from Mackillop Catholic College, St Edward’s Christian College, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (Berkley Vale and Tumbi Umbi campuses), Central Coast Grammar, St Philip’s Christian College, Swansea High School, Lisarow High School, Erina High School, and St Peter’s Catholic College, will also participate in the annual debate challenge.
UON Central Coast education students have undertaken special training to take on the adjudicators’ roles for the day, and Department of Education and Communities representatives will provide a debating workshop for the attending students.
The event consists of three rounds of debates, with the winners competing in a grand final before the overall winning team is awarded the perpetual trophy.