Co-curricular Term II, 2013
SCEGGS debated the final round against Sydney Boys' High School who are always very competitive. Congratulations to Year 7 on their well-deserved win and also to Years 10 and 11. The Year 11s are to be congratulated on finishing the rounds undefeated. The Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 teams all progress to the semi-final rounds and we wish them good luck!
Two Year 6 teams went to Queenwood for our first venture into Primary Debating in the IPSHA competition. It was a very successful afternoon with the girls winning both debates on the topic "That mobile phones should be banned in schools." Round 2 of IPSHA will be held at SCEGGS against Moriah College on Friday 24 May.
We had a very successful night against The Scots' College winning five out of six debates. Congratulations to the Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 teams. The Year 7s debated extremely well in one of their best debates for the season, but were narrowly defeated by the opposition.
We held three social debates against Scots and were successful in two of these debates. Wel done girls!
Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award - Regional Finals
Congratulations to Veronica Murdoch (Year 11) who spoke at the Regional Finals of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award and was selected to progress to the Semi-Finals on Friday 14 June.
Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award - Local Round
SCEGGS hosted the Local Round of the Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award on Friday 10 May. Speakers from surrounding schools spoke on a wide range of topics from the phenomena of Fact Checking to The Education Revolution and Youth and Politics. The audience was entertained by both the prepared and impromptu speeches where the contestants had to grapple creatively with the topic Case Closed.
Veronica Murdoch (Year 11) and Holly Zhang (Year 12) represented SCEGGS and both girls were selected to speak at the Regional Finals Monday 20 May. We wish the girls good luck as they embark on the next round of competition.
Rotary Model United Nations General Assembly
Last Saturday two teams from SCEGGS debated in the Rotary Model United Nations General Assembly competition held at the Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong. USA was admirably represented by Sascha Swaraj, Evangeline Cook and Ada Yin and and Syria by Ella Crowley-Burrows, Tan-Nia Koh and Jane Spencer. It was a really enjoyable and highly successful day for both teams.
The girls spoke passionately on diverse issues including a call for global taboo on the possession of nuclear weapons, the possible role of UN in setting wages and working conditions in developing countries and the need to change the nature of the Security Council to make it more relevant to today's society.
Of the 125 speeches delivered, Evangeline Cook – USA (Year 11) was awarded an honourable mention, placing in the top 10 speeches on the day and Ella Crowley-Burrows – Syria (Year 10) was awarded best speech! An amazing achievement.
Syria placed second and will now go to the Nationals in Canberra in August to represent the Rotary District 9750, a sensational performance from all team members. Congratulations to both teams for their thorough preparation and spirited debates over the day.