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Debating & Public Speaking

Students are given numerous opportunities to be a part of debating teams and Public Speaking competitions throughout their six-year journey at Catherine McAuley College, allowing them the chance to stand up and speak out about issues most important to them.

Being involved in such co-curricular activities teaches students how to research topics, construct speeches, and hone presentation techniques, providing valuable skills that can assist them later in life. Students also learn how to make a difference through the power of speech.

Our debating teams compete in Debating Association of Victoria heats against students from across the state, as well as class competitions. Public Speakers enter in events such as the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, in which we have had several State Finalists, VCCA Plain English Speaking Award, Lions Youth of the Year Competition, and Shout Recognition Public Speaking Competition.

Each year we also compete at the annual Frayne Speech Festival against other Mercy Colleges, putting months of hard work into action. This friendly competition is always a highlight for our speakers, allowing them to interact with other like-minded students from across Australia. Catherine McAuley College also fields a Voice Choir team in this festival, who have previously won ten-years in a row. Voice Choir involves dramatically presenting different literary pieces, allowing students to step outside their comfort zones and show different creative sides to our most loved texts.