Bingara Central School News: July 2, 2009 (Week 10, Term 2)

July 2, 2009

After extensive preparation, the Bingara Central School Year 7/8 debating team has enjoyed their first competition success. They convincingly defeated a team from Moree Secondary College Carol Ave, at Moree last Thursday 25th June. The topic for this debate was Should Homework Be Banned in Years 7 and 8 and the Bingara team were the affirmative. 

Since their first debate in 2008 the team has developed their skills to a very high level. Their preparation in the one hour period prior to the actual debate was thorough and demonstrated a high level of teamwork. During the preparation hour they are accorded no assistance from anyone and are solely dependent upon their own organisational and intellectual skills. As they each spoke in the debate it was clear that they had made the most of their hour preparation and the structure of their case was solid. Over the past few weeks they have gone all out to ensure that their speaking times are close to five minutes and now they are aiming to reach a six minute speaking time. 

Unfortunately, the second round of the competition will not take place because the school who were to visit us have withdrawn. This means that the next debate will be Round 3 and Bingara is against Inverell High here at Bingara. Preparations are already in place for this round as it is a demanding general topic of Politics. Again it is going to be difficult to select only four students from the squad we have in Years 7 and 8 consisting of fifteen students.  The four students who made up the Bingara team were Emily Price (first speaker), Matilda McKay (second speaker), Ashley Rafter (third speaker) and Montana McCosker (scribe). All four girls are to be congratulated on representing Bingara Central School so well and achieving an excellent win. Miss Dianna Gallagher Team Coach 

This very generous initiative by the Salvation Army, to assist students with winter uniforms, has been gratefully accepted by many. I wish to inform parents and carers that the offer concludes, at the retailers, at close of business on Tuesday 7th July. This is necessary because billing must be completed at that time. If anyone has missed out on the offer and wants to participate they need to contact school for the necessary authority. I would like to thank the Salvation Army again for their support of Bingara Central School students. 

The annual ‘Orange Picking Day’ ceremony will take place next Wednesday 8th July commencing at 11.00am outside the Bingara RSL Club. All students are reminded to bring a strong fabric supermarket bag to take oranges home in and to be in full school uniform for this important showcase occasion. Parents and carers are also invited to participate in this event.