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Message from the President 

Thank you for your flexibility accommodating the change of postponement of Round 3 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. After an extended break, it was fantastic start term 2 off with a wonderful afternoon of debating on Monday 19 April. Congratulations to all students on their excellent debates in Round 3 on some very challenging topics. 

Debates in Round 4 will focus on the theme of "Technology and the Environment". With this in mind, we encourage students to reflect on the contributions of women to the field of STEM and how women today are involved in developing innovative technology and building a sustainable future for everyone. Some resources on women in STEM that your students might like to check out can be found here and here.
Please note that due to the number of public holidays, Round 4 will be held on Monday 10th May 2021 and Round 5 will be held one week later on Monday 17th May 2021. If your students will be unable to attend either round, please get in touch as soon as possible as this will increase likelihood that a pre/post-ponement can be facilitated.

Sponsor Spotlight- O’Neill Estate Agents

The BGDA is incredibly excited and grateful to have O'Neill Estate Agents on board as a sponsor.

As a passionate advocator for women in business, Byrony O’Neill is proud to support the young women of BGDA. Supporting female leaders and future champions in business has firmly established Byrony’s team as Brisbane’s inner-western property experts. Whether you’re buying, selling or renting your property, the trusted team at O’Neill Estate Agents can help you with all of your property needs.

Round 3 Results

Please find a results summary table at this link here. If you believe there has been an error, please get in touch and we will remedy the results table.

Round 4 Theme

 Round 4 debates will centre on the theme of Technology and the Environment.

The links below have information on this theme specific to the round 4 topics:

~Junior~Grade 9~Grade 10~Senior~

We encourage you to forward this email to your students, so that they have the round information and resources. 

Round 4 Schedule

The schedule for Round 4 of the Monday Competition and Junior Monday Program is as follows:

4:15pm: Afternoon tea and training
5:00pm: Topic release
6:00pm: Debate commences
7:00pm: Grade 7-9 pick up time
​7:30pm - Grade 10-12 pick up time 

Please ensure that students arrive at least 15 minutes prior to topic release.

Training 

The training resources from Round 3 can be found below: 

We are very impressed by the significant number of students who have been attending training sessions. As a result, we will have 5 training sessions on offer in Round 4 so that all students can attend. 

In Round 4 training will be divided into 5 groups:

  • Grade 7+8: Room 1 and Room 2
  • Grade 9: Room 3
  • Grade 10: Room 4
  • Grade 11+12: Room 5

If there are any specific topics that students would like addressed in training, please encourage them to get in touch ahead of time so we can tailor the sessions.

All students are encouraged to arrive by 4:15pm so that they can benefit from this training (and free afternoon tea!).

Competition rules 

You can find a copy of the BGDA Rules here

Some important rules to note are:

  • Students must not use electronic devices (e.g. their mobile phones, computers) during preparation time. Limited exceptions may be granted on a medical basis by the President if requested in writing prior to the round
  • A maximum of 4 students may assist with preparation. This rule exists to ensure fairness so teams of 4 are not trying to compete with teams who have a large number of members to assist.
  • In order to avoid forfeiting, teams of two students will be allowed to compete in exceptional circumstances (e.g. sudden illness of a team member). Students who speak twice will be awarded the average of their two scores for that round for the purposes of the Best Speaker prize.
  • The Executive are happy to organize pre/postponements if adequate notice is given

Opportunities

  • Adjudicate for the BGDA: applications are currently open to student adjudicators in grade 12 who are not participating in the Monday Competition but would be interested in adjudicating for the Junior Monday Program. Students can apply here. Students adjudicators will be awarded an honorarium in recognition of their travel expenses of $40 per debate. 
  • QDU Workshops: you find information on upcoming QDU workshops here

COVID-19 Policies 

You can find a copy of the BGDA's COVID-19 Policies on our website here. Our policies aim to manage the risk of COVID-19 by adopting precautions in line with the Queensland Department of Health's advice. We will inform you of any updates to our policies as necessary. 

Thank you once again for your ongoing support of the BGDA. If you have any questions or concerns. please do not hesitate to get in touch! We look forward to seeing you at round four!
Kind Regards, 
BGDA Executive