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Debating

The school was one of the first to encourage this fine activity. Debating fosters self-confidence and requires participants to listen to others and to comprehend the validity of others' points of view. It encourages awareness of social issues. It is very much a team activity; indeed, one of its main benefits for students is in the team preparation of each topic, preparatory to the debating competition night. Students always value the social opportunities the interaction creates and make many friends with their team members and opponents from the other schools. Debates are held on a 'home and away' basis during the season. Families are asked to assist with student transport to and from debates for safety reasons.

The school participates in two competitions organised by the Greater Public Schools (GPS) on Friday nights, and the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) on Wednesday nights. The seasons are organised on slightly different timetables. State High is consistently successful in debating. However, above the importance of a win per se, is the importance of the fact that students learn to work together as a team, speak before an audience, articulate their case, listen to, comprehend, analyse and refute the opposing case, and at the end, shake hands with the opposition.   

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Compulsory Registration and Consent

Parents are required to complete the online registration and consent for their child via the school website.

Please complete the online web form including each sport that your child may undertake for the year. The web form generates a school consent form which is to be completed, signed and placed in the tray on the counter in the Extra Curricular Office in room D101

Team App for Coaches, Players and Parents

GPS Debating and QDU Debating are using a smartphone app as the main means of communication between coaching staff, players and parents.

Team App keeps member contact details private and no members can communicate with each other through the app.

To download, go to https://teamapp.com/app

  1. Sign-up using your name, date of birth and email address. You'll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
  2. Search for 'BSHS Debating' and request access to the group which applies to you.
  3. Once your request is approved, you will be able to see news and upcoming events on your device or by checking your emails.
  4. Please note that turning on push notifications on the app allows you not to miss important posts as they are made, however, this can be switched off at any time.

Levy

Debaters must pay an annual levy for bus transport to competitions outside Brisbane, equipment, administration costs, adjudicators, workshops, registration fees, trophies and gifts for coaches. All prior levies are required to be finalised before commencing the 2019 season.

  • 2019 Levy: $68 

Competitions

GPS Season 2019

DatesOppositionVenue
Friday 8 FebruarySt Joseph's, Gregory TerraceBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 15 FebruaryIpswich Grammar SchoolIpswich Grammar School, Darling Street, Ipswich
Friday 22 FebruaryAnglican Church Grammar SchoolAnglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade,
East Brisbane
Friday 1 MarchBrisbane Grammar SchoolBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 15 MarchSt Joseph's Nudgee CollegeBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 22 MarchBrisbane Boys' CollegeBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 29 MarchThe Southport School
The Southport School,  
2 Winchester Street, Southport

QDU Season 2019


Finals Dates (subject to change)

DatesMeetVenueYear LevelTime
Term 1

Week 5

Wednesday
27 February

Round 1

TBA

Year 9 & Year 116:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
​Week 6

Wednesday 6 March
​Round 1
​TBA
​Year 10 & Year 12
​6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
​Week 7

Wednesday 13 March
​Round 1
​TBA 
​Year 8 & Senior A
​6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 8

Wednesday 20 March


Round 2
TBA
Year 9 & Year 11
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 9

Wednesday
27 March

Round 2TBA
Year 10 & Year 12
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 10

Wednesday 
3 April

Round 2

TBA

Year 8 & Senior A
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
​ ​Term 2

Week 2

Wednesday         1 May

Round 3
TBA
Year 9 & Year 11
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 2

Thursday 2 May

Brisbane Postponement Day 1

TBA

TBA
TBA

Week 3

Wednesday         8 May

Round 3
TBAYear 10 & Year 12
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 4

Wednesday       15 May

Round 3TBA
Year 8 & Senior A
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 4

Thursday 16 May

Brisbane Postponement Day 2
TBA
TBA
TBA

Week 5

Wednesday 22 May

Round 4

TBA

Year 9 & Year 116:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 6

Wednesday       29 May

Round 4
TBAYear 10 & Year 12
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 7

Thursday 6 June

Round 4TBA
Year 8 & Senior A
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 8

Wednesday       12 June

Year 7 Round 1
TBA
Year 7
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
Term 3

Week 1

Wednesday       17 July

Preliminary FinalsTBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 1

Thursday 18 July

Preliminary FinalsTBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 2

wednesday       24 July

Finals 1TBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 3

Wednesday       31 July

Finals 2TBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 3

Thursday             1 August

Year 7 Round 2TBA
Year 76:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 4

Wednesday
7 August

Finals 3TBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 5

Friday
16 August

Quarter FinalsTBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 6

Wednesday
21 August

Semi Finals TBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 6

Thursday 22 August

Year 7 Round 3TBA
Year 76:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 6

Wednesday       28 August 
Grand FinalTBAAll year levels6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 8

Thursday           29 August

Year 7 Round 4TBA
Year 7
6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Transport

Return charter bus transport will be provide to The Southport School and Ipswich Grammar School. Parents may collect students form the venue. Transport to and from all other meets is the responsibility of parents.

Uniform

Students are required to wear their formal school uniform to competitions.

Volunteers

GPS Debating is run entirely by volunteers. To help with set up, afternoon teas and coaching please contact the Master in Charge.

End of Season Presentation

An end of season presentation dinner is held for GPS Debating. Details regarding confirmed venue and ticket availability will be advised once the season begins. Tickets are sold at the B Block Finance Counter and must be purchased by the closing date to enable catering numbers to be finalised. Once ticket sales are closed no further tickets will be available for purchase.