Magis News

On Sunday two members of our Year 11 debating team, Thomas Paparo and David Stokes, represented John XXIII College at the 2016 British Parliament Debating Competition run by The Western Australian Debating League at Shenton College. The competition is run in the style of the British House of Parliament and is done in a full day competition consisting of three debates throughout the day where the students have half an hour to prepare before debating. Unlike the usual style of debating conducted around the world, BP debating involves four teams vying for the best place in the round, with two teams acting as the Government and two teams acting as the Opposition.

This year the topics were very varied and created much constructive discussion and even some laughter. They ranged from 'This House, as a developed nation, should not bid for the Olympics', to 'This House should give the overweight the same protection from discrimination and hate speech and other minority groups', and finally 'This House regrets the rise of meme culture'.

As always, the experience not only provided great development of the debaters' speaking, thinking and improvisational skills, but also offered them the opportunity to meet like-minded Perth students with similar interests in debating and public speaking. Our students debated very well and are still waiting to see whether they will be advancing to the finals for Western Australia. We hope to be back next year with even more teams.

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Cultural DeCoding 2017

Cultural DeCoding is a program for gifted upper secondary students developed by the College for The University of Notre Dame.

The University of Notre Dame Australia invites the gifted and talented students from your school, who will be in Years 11 and 12 next year to participate in the 2017 program of Cultural DeCoding.

The three-day experience will help unlock the ideas that define who we are. With a mixture of art, archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, this experience will intellectually challenge and enrich your mind to prepare you for further study.

Join us on our campus in Fremantle to DeCode aspects of the past, present and future. Principals, parents and teachers are invited to join us for our closing ceremony and afternoon tea on Wednesday 25 January at 3:30pm.

For further information please contact the School of Philosophy & Theology: fremantle.theology@nd.edu.au or 9433 0138.

Morning tea and lunch provided. Numbers are limited and applications are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some assistance may be possible for non-metro students.