On Thursday 2 December 2004, thirty-six students and their teachers took part in the 2004 Global Issues Tournament, which was proudly sponsored by Hays Personnel Services.
The purpose of the tournament was to give year eight and nine students the chance to participate in a mini debating tournament in which they developed their skills by debating a topic that has great relevance to young people of their age group around the world. This was done in the spirit of being aware of other points-of-view on an issue. The topic of the 2004 Global Issues Tournament was “That having a part-time job encroaches on study time.”
This tournament saw participants from thirty-six keen debating students from Adelaide High School , Marryatville High School , Valley View Secondary School , and Westminster School .
The day started with students being introduced to and participating in a group discussion of the topic. The teams were then given substantial preparation time before debating a pre-determined side of the topic against one of the other participating teams. The teams were then required to debate again but on the opposing side of the topic against a new opposition.
At the end of these two debates, the top four teams were determined. These teams then took part in a semi-final debate. Due to time constraints the teams were unable to participate in a grand final debate as planned. Thus the final rankings were determined by the points of the semi-final debates.
In the end, Marryatville High School took the grand prize of $200 cash and a 1st Place trophy. Two Adelaide High School teams took 2nd and 3rd places respectively. The 2nd place team took home the prize of $100 cash and a 2nd place trophy, and the 3rd place team $50 cash and 3rd place trophy. Westminster School took 4th place with $25 cash and a 4th place trophy. Congratulations to these teams and the other participants who made the day so enjoyable.
Thank you to the adjudicators Leilani Miller, Jemma Arman, and David Wilkins for their expertise throughout the day. Special thanks to Leilani Miller, Marrie Norris and James Tran their organisation of the day.
Thank you to our sponsor Hays Personnel Services for their generous cash donation of $500 from which the prizes were derived.