Public Speaking & Debating | Thomas Hassall Anglican College

Public Speaking & Debating

Debating has a College-wide profile, given its importance, alongside other inter-school competitions, in projecting the good reputation of the College and of its students to other schools and the broader public. This results in broad recognition across the College for students who offer their time and commitment to debating competition, preparation and assisting in hosting competition rounds held at the College.


The skills mentioned, and the initiative shown by participation in co-curricular activities, are valued by potential employers of recent graduates in fields such as law, politics, communications, education and others.

Defending the Faith

Public debates are an increasingly popular forum for robust interactions between Christians and non-Christians, whether non-believers or believers of other religions, concerning the rationality of the Christian faith. Students can draw upon a background in debating to take part in such apologetic activities later in life.

The Commitment

Students in the Debating Program will be expected to attend one training day during ordinary College hours, in lieu of classes, on a day yet to be scheduled early in Term 1.

Furthermore, students will be expected to attend for information and debriefing sessions on one Friday after College per month, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, on dates to be advised with notice of at least two weeks.

Debating students also commit to additional preparation activities conducted on‐line through such collaboration tools as discussion forums and tutorials on Canvas.

Finally, they must agree to check for notices through the Canvas debating course daily.

The Competitions

HICES competition rounds are held about once per fortnight in Terms 1 and 2, after normal College hours, either at the College or on the campus of another host school in the South West Sydney competition region. Offsite transportation is provided, usually returning to the College between 6:15 and 6:45pm, or parents can collect students from the competition venue by prior arrangement. There are divisions for years 5 & 6 (Junior), 7 & 8 (Middle), 9 & 10 (Senior), and 11 & 12 (Open).

MISA competition rounds involve Year 7 and Year 8 teams only, They take place about once per month in Terms 2 and 3, during three to four school periods, either at the College or on the campus of another host school. Return, off-site transportation is provided.