Debating & Toastmasters
Debating is a team competition whereby two sides engage in a formal, structured argument in favour or against a given topic. The Interschool and Interhouse debating competitions provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop their public speaking, debating and teamwork skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
At Interschool level, students compete in one of three divisions: Senior (Year 11 & 12), Junior (Year 9 & 10) or Year 7/8 against teams throughout the Townsville region. The Cathedral School has a strong tradition of debating with teams regularly making it though to the final stages of competition.
The Interhouse competition is an excellent way for novice debaters to gain some experience and for the Seniors to develop coaching and leadership skills.
Toastmasters’ Gavel Club
The Cathedral School Toastmasters’ Gavel Club helps students develop their public speaking skills, as well as improving their confidence performing in front of an audience. The Club has been operating for seven years, and is open to all students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
The Club is registered with Toastmasters’ International and is run according to the guidelines outlined by this organisation. Students elect their executive to lead the Club each year.
We meet weekly with the meetings lasting for approximately an hour and a half. Meetings are preceded with the very popular afternoon tea. The year culminates with a Graduation Dinner where students perform in front of their parents, friends and teachers.
Ralph Smedley, the founder of Toastmasters, said that we learn best in moments of enjoyment. Judging by the laughter emanating from our meeting room each week, he was right!