Weekly Update – 1/8

Overall we did very well on Friday night against Kings with the 2 losses out of 11 debates. Well done to everyone involved. We have only one more home debate this season.

The PDC debating team won their Semi final against Hurlstone Agricultural College and now face North Sydney Girls on 8th August. This is the third year in a row that we have had a team in the final and so we are very pleased and plan to get a large supportive crowd to watch the debate. If you would like to watch the debate then you must return a signed letter to Ms Rigby and bring $5. We have 30 places and they will go quickly so make sure you are organised.

The Year 11 have just won their Regional Semi Final and will now debate against SGHS or Caringbah HS in the final. Keep up the good work boys. The Year 7 and 8 teams both won their first PDC debates – well done. In addition the Year 10 History Debating team beat Rose Bay Secondary College in the second round of the Les Gordon competition.

Thomas Shortridge and Max Koslowski are to be congratulated on their success at the Dr Evatt competition. They are now through to the NSW Final which will be held on 13th August at State Parliament. Here is a report from them:

The UN Youth Dr Evatt Trophy competition is a model United Nations competition, in which you have to represent and argue for a country that is part of the UN Security council, trying to benefit your country as much as possible. Having started with over 200 teams of two throughout the state in the regional rounds this was brought down to the top 30 teams for the state semi finals last Wednesday, in which two teams from Sydney boys made it into. The first team consisting of Arthur Chao and Esmond Ye and the other consisting of Max Koslowski and Thomas Shortridge. After a day of negotiating and arguing with some of the best speakers in the state, Arthur and Esmond (representing France), who sadly were unlucky on the day, weren’t able to proceed. However, Thomas and Max (representing Argentina) were able to stand out and advance to the State final at parliament house in August.

This week we are debating at St Josephs and I have a bus organized to take the boys and return them to school after the Junior debate. Last week I asked if parents could consider asking local businesses for sponsorship for the debating dinner and we received 2 agreements. This is fantastic and I would urge you to continue to asking your family, friends or a local business you frequent for their support.

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