Olivia Thorton, Sally Straub-Priwitzer and Brydie Egan.
Olivia Thorton, Sally Straub-Priwitzer and Brydie Egan. Crystal Spencer/Tweed Daily News

Debaters take the logical approach

MOUNT Saint Patrick College will continue a strong debating tradition with their 14th consecutive win in the North Coast regional finals.

Year 11 students Olivia Thorton, Sally Straub-Priwitzer and Brydie Egan will now travel to Sydney during November for the NSW Catholic School Debating Association state finals.

Mt St Patrick's debating coordinator Paddy Bailey said out of those 14 regional wins, there have been four championships claimed at the state finals.

Another four of those years the school was runner-up.

“I would be surprised if there was another Catholic school in the state with that kind of record,” Mr Bailey said.

“We have a strong debating culture in the school.

“We believe it helps with logical, coherent thinking and teaches students how they can support their thoughts with relevant materials.”

Ms Thorton, Ms Straub-Priwitzer and Ms Egan won the Year 11 regional finals on home ground on August 28.

Topics debated included if science was doing more harm than good.

All Catholic schools between Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads attended the event.

On Friday, Mt St Patrick's Year 8 team tied for first with Trinity College in Lismore.



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