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Debaters learn the art of persuasion

Debating – the sport of the mind.
Debating – the sport of the mind.

This week will see the launch of the 2013 Sunshine Coast Independent Primary Heads Association (SCIPHA) debating season, with the Queensland Debating Union presenting an informative workshop at Sunshine Coast Grammar School on Friday, February 15.
Proudly supported by Ferguson Cannon Lawyers, the inter-school debating competition will see ten schools from across the region take part in the competition which aims to build public speaking and language skills, as well as vocabulary, presentation and research skills.
Sunshine Coast Grammar School teacher Ms Suzanne Franklin is excited to be hosting the workshop for students new to debating – the sport of the mind.
“The workshops will provide more than 100 students with the opportunity to meet fellow debaters in a relaxed and social environment before the competition begins,” said Ms Franklin.
“The SCHIPHA debating competition is one of a number of extra curricula activities where Independent Schools on the Sunshine Coast come together in a spirit of cooperation, to extend and challenge students.”
Schools competing in the competition include: St Michael’s College Caboolture, St Andrew’s Anglican College, Matthew Flinders’ Anglican College, Immanuel Lutheran College, Pacific Lutheran College Caloundra Christian College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Caloundra City School and Suncoast Christian College.
The workshops will kick off at Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s Sports Performance Centre at 1pm on Friday, February 15.