Primary Debating Workshops
Following last year's record attendance of over 3,400 NSW kids, The Arts Unit's primary debating days are back! If you haven't been before, the days are made up of workshops run by the department's most senior (but also least scary) adjudicators and coaches. They'll be covering all the things you need to know for primary school debating including rebuttal, arguments, definition and speakers' roles, as well as a few games and activities and a chance for everyone to give a short debating speech and get some feedback. The days are appropriate for Years 5&6 kids of all levels from beginner to advanced, and are a great way for both students and teachers to learn more about debating and hear from the people who will be adjudicating the finals of the Premier's Debating Challenge in 2017. Below is the information for the days we've arranged so far, and we'll add more days and regions here as we get organised for 2017. Hope to see you there!
Thursday 16 February @ Dubbo West Public School
Friday 17 February @ Bletchington Public School (FULL)
Monday 20 February @ Singleton Public School
Tuesday 21 February @ Maitland East Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 22 February @ Adamstown Public School (FULL)
Thursday 23 February @ Jewells Public School (FULL)
Friday 24 February @ Edgeworth Public School (FULL)
Tuesday 28 February @ Mannering Park Public School
Wednesday 1 March @ Avoca Beach Public School
Thursday 2 March @ Narara Public School
Tuesday 7 March @ Ben Venue Public School
Wednesday 8 March @ Nemingha Public School
Friday 10 March @ Moree Public School
Monday 13 March @ Greenway Park Public School
Tuesday 14 March @ Robert Townson Public School
Wednesday 15 March @ St Johns Park Public School
Thursday 16 March @ Strathfield North Public School
Monday 20 March @ Deniliquin North Public School
Tuesday 21 March @ Sturt Public School
Wednesday 22 March @ Griffith East Public School
Thursday 23 March @ Albury Public School
Monday 27 March @ Bowral Public School
Tuesday 28 March @ Bungendore Public School
Wednesday 29 March @ Batemans Bay Public School
Thursday 30 March @ Keiraville Public School
Friday 31 March @ Jamberoo Public School
Monday 3 April @ Blaxland East Public School
Tuesday 4 April @ Matthew Pearce Public School
Wednesday 5 April @ Westmead Public School
Thursday 6 April @ York Public School
(Please note: if you're on the North Coast or in the old Sydney region we'll have days planned for early term 2 advertised here as soon as we've locked down all the details. Shouldn't be long now - sorry for the delay.)
The main course for training of new adjudicators will take place at The Arts Unit, The Boulevarde, Lewisham on the last Saturday in February. It will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
In 2017 The Arts Unit will be running a number of Adjudicator Training Courses in venues across NSW. The workshops will be run by highly qualified tutors and will cover all aspects of adjudicating, including Matter and Rebuttal, Definition and Method, and Public Speaking and Manner. A DVD of a past debating final will be shown to all participants. These days are an excellent opportunity for both potential adjudicators and those who have been trained previously to learn more about current best practice and then adjudicate in schools with confidence.
High quality, engaging professional learning, accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers is available to support all the Art Unit programs.
Students are not the only ones who benefit from participation in Arts Unit activities. Teachers also receive the opportunity for professional development by attending the Professional Learning workshops. NSW public schools teachers can attend targeted professional learning and development workshops where they develop their knowledge and skills about training debating teams and adjudicating skills. This enables teachers to develop their school based debating program and prepare their teams more thoroughly for the state based competitions.