Debating is a challenging and rewarding activity that builds confidence while developing skills in public speaking, organisation and team work. Students on the debating team learn to speak confidently and knowledgeably – skills which are often called upon in other areas of life. Students learn to articulate clearly, address an audience and present a strong argument. 

Students on the debating team also learn to think quickly and to organise their ideas. They develop team-work skills and are encouraged to take a keen interest in current affairs.


Debating at RPS

RPS has proudly fielded a debating team for more than ten years and is well known in the district for having a strong debating tradition. Each year we enter a junior and senior team in the Bayside Debating Competition, which involves four debates against a variety of local public schools.

However, at RPS our focus is not only on winning. We believe that the skills, attitudes and discipline learned through debating are the most valuable outcomes, no matter the result of individual debates.


Some Questions and Answers 

How is debating organised at RPS?

Expressions of interest are sought from Stage 2 and 3 students early in Term 1 each year. Students are usually required to prepare a short audition speech. Basic debating training is undertaken by this group, with students attending workshops and giving speeches to develop skills and confidence.

Towards the middle of Term 1, a debating team is chosen based on skills and ability, potential, enthusiasm and commitment.


What is Involved?

The debating team meets once a week during Tuesday lunchtime.

The debating team requires a high level of commitment and students are usually required to write speeches and work on tasks at home, sometimes at short notice.


How Can Parents help?

Parents can help by encouraging and supporting their children. Students may require help with formulating ideas, researching, editing  or timing of speeches. Debaters are encouraged to practise their speeches thoroughly at home, and always require a positive and supportive audience!


Where Can I Find Out More?

Please contact the  debating co-ordinators Mr Barris or Mrs Poulos, who will be happy to talk to you about debating at RPS.