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Message from the President 

Congratulations to all participants on their debates in round 2. Thank you in particular to the students, teachers, and parents who stayed back to attend our International Women's Day event. It was wonderful to hear from our keynote speaker, Lauren, about how debating has shaped her worldview and career in STEM.
Please note that Round 3 will be held on Monday 29th March 2021. We hope that this week without debates will enable students to focus on their studies.

Round 2 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 3 Theme

 Round 3 debates will centre on the theme of History and Politics.

The links below have information on this theme specific to the round 3 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 3 Schedule

The schedule for Round 3 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 1 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 a greater number of training sessions on offer in Round 3 so that all students can attend. 

In Round 3 training will be divided into 5 groups:

  • Junior 1 (grade 7 + 8, new to debating this year)
  • Junior 2 (grade 7+8, prior debating experience)
  • Intermediate 1 (grade 9+10, 1-2 years experience)
  • Intermediate 2 (grade 9+10, 2+ years experience)
  • Senior (grade 11+12)

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. 
  • 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 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