"Debating is a valuable activity that offers learners an opportunity to develop their research, listening and critical thinking skills."
Thinking critically about issues.
GHS has a well supported and active debating society which participates in the Pietermaritzburg league. The school enters Grade 8, junior (Grades 9 and 10) and senior (Grades 11 and 12) teams in the league. League debates take place in the first and second terms. Training and guidance is given to debaters to ensure that they are properly prepared for each debate.
Topics for debate include local, national and international concerns. Debating is a valuable activity that offers learners an opportunity to develop their research, listening and critical thinking skills. Debating encourages the girls to become aware of what is going on around them, and to think critically about a variety of social, political economic and environmental issues.
GHS entered six teams into the Pietermaritzburg Leagues at the beginning of 2011. After 5 rounds, 4 of those teams ranked in the top eight in their leagues and qualified for the quarterfinals.
In the grade 8 league GHS2 debated very well to beat The Wykeham Collegiate to reach the semi-finals. Kajal Sewrathan was the Best Speaker.
Both GHS Junior teams reached the Quarterfinals. GHS1 and GHS2 beat Alex teams to go through to the semi-finals. Priyanka Ramgoolam was named Best Speaker for GHS1.
The Senior first team are ranked first in their league having won all five debates. The first team beat Carter in the Quarterfinals and Nicola Rule was the Best Speaker.
The semi-finals for all three leagues will be on the 27th July, next term.
Nicola Rule, Erica Prince, Priyanka Ramgoolam, Adila Hassan, Kelly Russell, Thandeka Khoza and Kajal Sewrathan have been invited to participate in the Provincial Tournament where selection for the Provincial Teams will take place.