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Message from the President 

Congratulations to all students on their fantastic performance in Round 1 and to all of the wonderful teachers who made their participation possible. It was particularly exciting to have year 7 and 8 students involved for the first time and heartwarming to see the enthusiasm and excellent teamwork skills in practice at the junior workshop. For our students in grades 9-12, Round 1 held many challenges, with many grade 9 students completing short preparation debates for the first time, grade 10s having their first debates with POIs, and grade 11 and 12 girls trying out Reply Speeches. It was excellent to hear from adjudicators that the students rose to the challenge and delivered some fantastic speeches.

Thank you to the teachers who ensured that their students arrived promptly for training and the debate, this helped the afternoon smoothly. If you have any feedback on the competition, please do not hesitate to get in touch. One change that we will be adopting in response to feedback is that the grade 9 students will now be collected at 7:00pm, not 7:30pm. 

Round 2 will be held on Monday 8 March 2021. As this round coincides with International Women's Day, we will be hosting an optional dinner and demonstration debate which will conclude by 8:30pm. Please see below for more details. 

Round 1 Results

Please see below the results table for Round 1. If you believe there has been an error, please get in touch and we will remedy the results table

Round 2 Theme

 Round 2 debates will centre on the theme of Gender. 

The links below have information on this theme specific to the round 2 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 2 Schedule

The schedule for Round 2 of the Monday Competition 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.

For those attending the optional International Women's Day Night, the evening will conclude at 8:30pm. We encourage students attending to bring their parents along and to register their attendance here.

Training 

The training resources from Round 1 can be found below: 

In Round 2 training will be divided into 3 groups:

  • Junior (grade 7-8): rebuttal and writing arguments
  • Grade 9+10: principled arguments and case preparation
  • Senior (grade 11+12): advanced principles and case preparation

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

International Women's Day 2021 Night Event

In honour of International Women's Day 2021, debates in round 2 will be followed by an optional IWD event featuring a key note speaker and exhibition debate by BGDA alumni and experienced female debaters. We encourage you to register here and to provide any suggestions for the topic you would like to see debated. 

A free pizza dinner will be served from 7:15pm, with the evening concluding at 8:30pm. Students who are not registered in the BGDA Competition for 2021 are also welcome to attend.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to register their interest to attend here to assist with catering. 

You can find updates on the event on the IWD 2021 Night Facebook Event.

Competition rules 

You can find a copy of the BGDA Rules here

Some important rules to note are:

  • Debates for the Senior Competition (grade 11 and 12) feature Reply Speeches
  • A team which will not be attending a round must notify the Executive by 10am on the day of the round at the latest to avoid forfeit and incurring a $50 penalty
  • 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 Recent Grad Day: students who graduated secondary school in 2019 or 2020 are invited to attend the QDU Recent Grad Day on Saturday 27 February. You can find more information here
  • 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 one!
Kind Regards, 
BGDA Executive