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Celebrities head to Debating Camp

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All manner of celebrities turned up at Wenona’s Debating Camp, including Posh and Becks and President Putin!

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As the 2019 ISDA Debating competition gets ready to kick off, Wenona’s Debating team headed off to prep their skills for another fun-filled Wenona Debating Camp, which was held this year at the Collaroy Centre.

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Students were encouraged to think critically about different aspects to set topics and consider perspectives that varied from their own personal view. They learnt how to speak strategically, as well as the art of crafting a persuasive argument.

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But best of all, they also had lots of fun while using their creative thinking, with plenty of opportunities to dress up!

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The highlight was undoubtedly the Celebrity Heads evening organised by Year 12 students, as Charlotte in Year 8 found out.

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“My first year at Debating Camp was a great experience, and I’d love to do it again next year. We spent a total of 6 hours in Debating workshops, learning about everything from the 3 M’s (manner, matter and method), to ways to come up with points, to conducting mock debates, to the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of assertion.

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But that wasn’t all! We also had a fun night run by Year 12 students, where the theme was Celebrity Heads.

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Every girl dressed up as a celebrity and let her peers guess who they were. It was a night to remember, including a fashion parade, musical statues and charades, followed by a movie with popcorn and cookies.

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The next day included workshops and a delicious lunch break, where we all played around on the large oval outside the centre, followed by an impressive Debate between Years 11 and 12, with Year 12 pulling out the win.

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In conclusion, Debating Camp was an incredible experience where students could not only improve and hone their Debating skills, but also connect and grow stronger bonds with students from all across the year groups. I’m definitely coming again!”

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A huge thank you to Debating Coordinator, Miss Karsten for her organisation, and to Ms Carson for her help, support and photography skills!