On Wednesday 5 September, our Senior (Year 9&10) and Open division (Year 11&12) debaters competed in the prestigious HICES Debating Grand Final, held at the University of Technology Sydney. This year the HICES Debating Competition consisted of 44 Independent Co-Educational Schools from across NSW, with a total of 239 teams, 513 debates held, and 1,445 students involved. It was an honour and an absolutely outstanding achievement to make it to this level and have the opportunity to speak on the Grand Final stage. We couldn’t have hoped for a better season.
On the day, our Senior Division team, consisting of Tetian, Darcy, Mia and Katherine, presented a strong case affirming the topic, ‘That Independent Schools should have their fees set by the Government’. They were awarded second place in the debate and overall. We are delighted with their achievements and congratulate them on this fantastic result. Darcy was also awarded the Best Speaker in the Southern region during the Preliminary Rounds and runner up overall in the entire Senior Division. We also congratulate Mia who was awarded the Best Debater in the Semi-Final rounds and the equal overall winner in the Senior Division. Annabel also received an award for the Best Debater in the Middle Division for the Preliminary Rounds.
Our Open Division team debated following the Senior debate and presented a highly sophisticated, insightful and logical case to affirm the notion, ‘That there should be a ‘none of the above’ option on voting forms’. Sarah S, Sarah B, Christopher and Kristina were unanimously declared victorious by the panel of adjudicators and were awarded the Chapman Cup as winners of the 2018 HICES Debating Open Division Grand Final. These debaters are beyond thrilled and we are so very proud of their commitment to achieving excellence in debating. The cheer from the audience following the announcement was a testament to the character and skillset demonstrated by our team and also a reflection of the pride we felt seeing our debaters succeed. Sarah S is commended on receiving the award for the Best Debater in the Preliminary Rounds and the Runner up in the Open Division. Congratulations also to Kristina Argiropoulos for receiving awards for the Best Debater in the Semi-Final rounds, Runner up in the Open Division and the Best Debater in the Grand Final.
Special thanks to Dr. Pietsch, who travelled to the Aerial Function Centre to support our debaters and present the awards to all the Grand Final Winners. We also appreciate the Mr. Collins’ ongoing support and encouragement throughout the season, and also thank Mr. Watson for his unwavering support and witty commentary throughout the day. A special thank you must also go to our Middle Division debaters who travelled to the event to support the Debaters and have upheld our Senior and Open debaters in prayer and encouragement during this exciting time. Ultimately, we thank God for the opportunity to serve Him through these achievements and for blessing us with insight, the art of speech, and for these incredible opportunities.
We have enjoyed our HICES Debating Season and after three years in the Competition have achieved spectacular results. Congratulations to all involved.