State Debating Finals

I was so proud on Friday to take my AWESOME Senior Debating team to the State Final.

Our team valiantly argued the Negative side of the topic That we should publish school league tables.  It was a close debate, and we had a lot of support from the crowd!  Ultimately the other team won the debate and the Hume-Barbour trophy, but as finalists our team won the English Speaking Union prize, and are now also eligible for the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme at the University of Sydney (something we did not know, weren’t expecting, and were thrilled to hear!)

Watch the ABC News story about the debate.

One of my students gave the most moving thank you speech at the end of the debate I have ever heard…she said really nice things about me as their coach and we all started to cry!  Can’t believe another group of Year 12’s are almost leaving.  I have had so much fun coaching this team 🙂


  1. #1 by darcymoore on August 9, 2009 - 8:02 am

    Asolutely fantastic and I can imagine how rewarded you feel, Kelli!

    Top stuff! 🙂

  2. #2 by kellimcgraw on August 10, 2009 - 12:00 am

    Thanks Darcy 🙂 It was such a great feeling to be in the Final. They sure worked for it!

  3. #3 by Libbie on August 10, 2009 - 9:47 am

    Congratulations! 😮 Great hear the good ol’ high school doing well.

  4. #4 by Marcia on August 13, 2009 - 12:11 pm

    Fabulous effort Kellie and all connected with the debating team.

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