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No debating it – Bangalow is best

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Bangalow Public School students have proven themselves very capable at mounting an argument – and winning!

The Education Department reported the Year Five and Six debating team topped all others in the state to take out the Premier’s Debating Challenge in that age category.

Glenn Cullen wrote on www.education.nsw.gov.au, ‘The last of 938 teams standing following 1,300 debates, Bangalow Public School argued its way through the finals series online’.

‘Bangalow won seven debates in a row to become the State Champions, edging out the 2020 finalists Terrigal Public School.

‘The team would have likely had the overwhelming majority of support from fellow public school students when they mounted a case for the negative against the statement that ‘primary school students should have to complete at least five hours of homework each week over the holidays”.

‘But the Bangalow team still had to present a compelling case against Terrigal, who mounted a strong argument based around collaborative learning and fun activities.

Bangalow Public School Principal, Caroline Antoun, said, ‘I’m so proud of them. It was a massive feat’.

Debating coach, Melanie Hughes, said the team had put in a supreme effort.

‘They come and train with me at a lunch or a recess every week. It’s been pretty intense, and it was a lot more intense over the past couple of weeks’, she said.

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