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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 theh 2019 season.

  • $60 (2018)

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 23 MarchThe Southport SchoolThe Southport School,  
2 Winchester Street, Southport
  • QDU Season 2018

Finals Dates (Subject to Change)

DatesMeetVenueYear LevelTime
Term 1

Week 6

Thursday
28 February

Round 1

St Laurence's College

Brisbane Grammar School

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

Week 7

Thursday
7 March

Round 1

Brisbane State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 10 & Year 126:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 8

Thursday
14 March

Round 1

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Mansfield State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 8 & Senior A6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 9

Thursday
21 March

Round 2

St Laurence's College

Brisbane Grammar School

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

Week 10

Thursday
28 March

Round 2

Brisbane State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 10 & Year 126:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
​ ​Term 2

Week 2

Friday 26 April

Round 2

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Mansfield State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 8 & Senior A6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 3

Thursday 2 May

Round 3

Brisbane State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

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

Week 3

Friday 3 May

Brisbane Postponement Day 1TBATBATBA

Week 4

Thursday 9 May

Round 3

Brisbane State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 10 & Year 126:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 5

Thursday 16 May

Round 3

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Mansfield State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 8 & Senior A6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 6

Thursday 23 May

Round 4

St Laurence's College

Brisbane Grammar School

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

Week 6

Friday 24 May

Brisbane Postponement Day 2TBATBATBA

Week 7

Thursday 30 May

Round 4

Brisbane State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 10 & Year 126:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 8

Friday 7 June

Round 4

Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Mansfield State High School

Anglican Church Grammar School

Year 8 & Senior A6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 10

Thursday
20 June

Yr 7 Round 1Brisbane Girls Grammar SchoolYear 7 6:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm
Term 3

Week 1

Thursday 18 July

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

Week 1

Friday 19 July

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

Week 2

Thursday 25 July

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

Week 3

Thursday 
1 August

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

Week 3

Friday 2 August

Yr 7 Round 2Brisbane Girls Grammar SchoolYear 76:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 4

Thursday
8 August

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

Week 5

Saturday
17 August

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

Week 6

Thursday
22 August

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

Week 6

Friday 23 August

Yr 7 Round 3Brisbane Girls Grammar SchoolYear 76:00pm, 6:45pm or 7:30pm

Week 7

Thursday
29 August

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

Week 8

Friday 6 September

Yr 7 Round 4Brisbane Girls Grammar SchoolYear 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.