Debating/Public Speaking

Staff Members

TIC of Debating Ms Kelly Gallivan
TIC of Public Speaking Mr Thomas Lane

St Kevin’s College participates in a number of external public speaking competitions. These include the Ern Ainger, Rostrum Voice of the Youth, Legacy, Thant, VCE Plain Speaking English, DAV and AIDPSC competitions. Entrants for these competitions are selected from a variety of year levels as appropriate.

Our year culminates in the St Kevin's College Walter Butler Public Speaking Competition. Recent winners of this competition are listed below.

2016: Luke Macaronas

2015: Luke Macaronas

2014: James Macaronas

2013: James Macaronas

2012: James Macaronas

2011: Andrew Borg

2010: William Stoltz

2009: Branwell Travers

2008: Jack Mason

Debating Year 7

The main debating competition for Year 7 students is the Debaters Association of Victoria’s Junior Secondary Program. This competition is held during Terms 3 & 4. There is one training evening followed by three debates. There is no finals series as it is a learning program. Students from Years 10 – 12 assist with the coaching at this level. More information can be found on the website www.dav.com.au.

Students from Year 7 are also invited to participate in debates against Xavier College, Genazzano FCJ College, Sacre Coeur and Melbourne Grammar once a term. These are the Forum Debates. There is no finals series. These debates take place during school hours at one of the participating schools. The debates are adjudicated by Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Year 7 students also have the opportunity to compete in a range of public speaking competitions.

Debating Year 8

The debating competition for Year 8 is the Debaters Association of Victoria’s Junior Secondary Program. This competition is held during Terms 3 & 4. There is one training evening followed by three debates. There is no finals series as it is a learning program. Students from Years 10 – 12 assist with the coaching at this level. More information can be found on the website www.dav.com.au.

Debating Years 9 - 12

Debaters in Years 9 - 12 participate in the Debaters Association of Victoria's Schools Program. Their debating season consists of five preliminary regional debates followed by a play-off and finals series. The competition runs from March to October. Students furthermore compete in the British Parliamentary Debating Competitions and Model United Nations Assembly. A select group of debaters are also invited to compete in the Monash Asian Studies Debates. Students in Years 9 - 11 are also selected to compete at the Australian Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships and Speakfest Competition.