Another interesting article by Michael Grose -
Independence-building is vitally important for parents. It’s the pathway to children’s competency, confidence and creativity, and the short cut to resilience and real learning.
Gold Creek School has a pilot program called Sources of Strength which aims to build resilience. Principal Angela Spence, Isabelle Gaul, Jodie Chang, Brent Felix, and Bradley Lynch. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong
ANU rolls out Sources of Strength suicide prevention program to Canberra schools and we are one of eight in the trial. To read more see Canberra Times article.
This semester, three teams from Gold Creek School participated in the ACT Debating Union's state-wide debating competition. The competition took place over 6 rounds. In each round, our teams were randomly allocated a side (affirmative or negative), and were made to discuss complex topics such as ‘That we should abolish the death penalty and ‘That we should prohibit celebrity entertainers from endorsing a political party’. In many instances, these topics were only given to the students an hour before the debate started, which meant that the students were truly forced to think on their feet and put their critical thinking skills to the test.
To prepare for the competition, our teams trained twice a week: during a break time and after school. This evidently paid off, as all of our teams achieved at a high level. The most successful Gold Creek team was Gold Creek School Senior Team 1, comprised of Skye Anton, Trent Arcus, Eve Hudson, and Elicia Sangster. This team managed to win 4 debates, and placed in the top 8 teams in the state according to their total speaker points. Our other senior team comprised of Elizabeth Hales, Chloe Loughton, Emily Potter, Natarsha Radoll, and Maxwell Wood and also saw success, managing to win two of their debates. This was especially significant, as for most of the team, debating was only a new activity that they had recently taken up. Our third and final team was a Junior division team, comprised of Taaseen Islam, Jayden Miller, Kobi Stray, and Claire Warner. This team won three debates across the season, and were commended by their adjudicators on a number of occasions for their sophisticated ways of engaging with their topics.
Overall, this has been another wonderful semester for Gold Creek School's debating squad, and we are very proud of our students for their intellectual curiosity, determination, and willingness to take a risk. Special thanks to Mr. White, who assisted in coordinating the program this year, and to our ACTDU debating coach Amy Jack, who assisted in our after school training.
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