Toowoomba Grammar School

Debating News

Debating 8.1 & 8.3 Postponement

The following debates have been postponed. This means that they will not occur at the scheduled times below.  A new time and location will be provided by QDU in the coming weeks. This will be posted here and students and parents will be emailed these details as soon as we have them.

Debate: Toowoomba Grammar School 8.3 vs. Downlands College 8.2
Venue: Centenary Heights State High School
Date and Time: Wednesday 6 March, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Debate: Fairholme College 8.1 vs. Toowoomba Grammar School 8.1
Venue: Centenary Heights State High School
Date and Time: Wednesday 6 March, 2019 @ 8:00pm

QDU Draw Released

The 2019 QDU Competition Draw is now available. For information about topics, times, opponents and venues, please click on this link.

This information will also be posted to the TGS app for your convenience.

Introduction to Debating Evening

A reminder that the QDU Introduction to Debating Evening is being held at Downlands College on Wednesday, 13 February at 6:30pm. Specifically targeting all new comers to debating, this night is designed to introduce everyone to what is expected from a debate. Students are welcome to attend with their parents.

The event details are available on the QDU website:

Debating Information

 

Important Information

Please find below some important information about the QDU Secondary Schools Competition. Parents and students can find further information on the QDU website https://www.qdu.org.au/.

Preliminary Rounds

The QDU Secondary Schools Competition consists of four preliminary debating rounds held throughout Term 1 and 2 followed by a finals series for successful teams held in Term 3. The preliminary round debates are held at selected schools throughout the region. The draw, along with venues and times will be released by QDU in Week 4.

Seniors and Year 9 Year 7, 8 and 10
Round 1 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 (Term 1, Week 5)  Wednesday, 6 March 2019 (Term 1, Week 6)
Round 2 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 (Term 1, Week 8) Wednesday, 27 March 2019 (Term 1, Week 9)
Round 3 Wednesday, 1 May 2019 (Term2, Week 2) Wednesday, 8 May 2019 (Term 2, Week 3)
Round 4 Wednesday, 22 May 2019 (Term 2, Week 5) Wednesday, 29 May 2019 (Term 2, Week 6)

Finals

Teams will will only progress to the finals in they win at least 3 out of the 4 preliminary rounds.

  • Wednesday, 17 July 2019 T3W1 PRELIMINARY FINALS –
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2019 – FINALS 3 – TOOWOOMBA
  • Wednesday, 31 July 2019 T3W3 QUARTER FINALS – TOOWOOMBA
  • Wednesday, 7 August 2019 T3W4 SEMI FINALS – TOOWOOMBA
  • Wednesday, 21 August 2019 T3W6 GRAND FINALS – TOOWOOMBA

Times

Prepared topic debates for Year 7, 8 and 9 competitions are scheduled to commence at 6.00 pm, 7.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Short Preparation debates for Year 7, 8 and 9 competitions are scheduled to commence at 6.45 pm, 8.00 pm. Teams must arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to this time. i.e. 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm respectively. 

Prepared topic debates for Year 10 and Senior competitions are scheduled to commence at 6:45 and 8p.m.

Short Preparation debates for Year 10 and Senior competitions are scheduled to commence at 6.45 pm, 8.00 pm. Teams must arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to this time. i.e. 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm respectively.

Round 1 Topics

The draw is released by QDU one week prior to Round 1. This will be posted to this site as soon as it is available.

Round 1 topics are below and students are encouraged to consider arguments for both sides of the debate.

Upcoming QDU Events

Toowoomba Regional Student Workshops (10.00 am – 2.45 pm): SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2019

The 2019 Summer School will consist of a series of mini-lectures, workshops and discussion sessions. These sessions will be conducted by experienced debaters who will demonstrate the three key aspects of debating – matter, manner and method. This will be help at TACAPS and costs $20. If your son would like to attend, please register by following this link.  https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/qdu?embed=1  Please also RSVP to Lisa Purves at l.purves@twgs.qld.edu.au

Toowoomba Introduction To Debating Evening: WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2019

The Toowoomba “Introduction to Debating” night will once again be open to all students, parents, coaches and teachers that are all stakeholders in the QDU Darling Downs Regional Competition. Specifically targeting all new comers to debating, this night is designed to introduce everyone to what is expected from a debate. The venue to Downlands College and entry for all persons is free. If your son would like to attend, please register by following this link. https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/qdu?embed=1  Please also RSVP to Lisa Purves at l.purves@twgs.qld.edu.au

 

General Reminders

Speech times for debaters:

  • Year 7 – 4 mins
  • Year 8 – 5 mins
  • Year 9 – 6 mins
  • Year 10 – 7 mins
  • Senior – 8 mins with POI.

Boys are to wear blazer dress and ensure shoes are shined.

Boys must represent Toowoomba Grammar School with pride and dignity. Respect towards the opposing team is an important aspect of debating. Rebuttal and key arguments need to be appropriate.

Teams are always required to arrive with four debaters, three speakers and one chairperson/timekeeper. It is preferred that these roles are covered by the boys within the team; however, it is okay for a boy who is not involved in debating at all to help out with one of these roles. Affirmative teams provide the chairperson and negative teams provide the timekeeper.

Boys must use palm cards. It is expected that boys arrive to the the debate with their speeches already written on palm cards.

Mobile Phones and smart devices are prohibited. This includes before the debate, during the debate and especially in short preparation time. Teams will be awarded a loss if a smart device is believed to be used as it can be considered cheating.

Filming or the taking of photographs at QDU debates is prohibited.

It is preferred that boarders travel with a team mate to the venue.  Failing this, taxis are able to be organised.  Leave and appropriate forms will need to completed and submitted to House Masters.