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Our Oakleigh Grammar Debate Team is going from strength to strength, with the most recent bout featuring three wins and two losses. They showed great improvement across the board, especially in the younger levels – picking up more Best Speaker Awards, and a lot of students coping calmly and confidently with their first ever secret topic debate.

The Year 12s tackled the tricky topic of climate change targets, and only had one hour to prepare – with no teacher assistance allowed and no electronics. In this debate, Alexander Logan (Year 10), debated well above his level in the difficult third speaker position.

The Year 10s were confronted with a topic about international trade restrictions (under the same secret topic conditions). Miladin Milosovic drove his team’s arguments, while Peter Karkanis picked up Best Speaker on the back of his slick and entertaining presentation skills.

Two groups of Year 9s argued to abolish NAPLAN. One group lost to Avila in the strongest Year 9 debate witnessed for quite some time. The competitors won comfortably, and surprise packet Phoenix Shi won another Best Speaker award for Oakleigh in her first ever debate. An appropriate reward for her preparation!

Congratulations to each student for their strong and bold contributions. Debating is truly helping to shape and empower our young minds into informed and global citizens!

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