The QDU Schools Day took place on Sunday 22 October. QASMT had two teams comprised of Tanae Rao, Cara Rowe and Neha Ramesh and Meghaj Babu, Kiana Etebari and Kalem Akhtargot. We all arrived in the morning for a quick briefing. Our team, QASMT 1 then got paired with a team from another school, St. Patricks. Our two teams needed to agree on a topic from three topics, all under the theme of “Prisons”. We chose “That we should abolish prisons” and we were opposition. We were given half an hour to prepare each round. It was a decent round for our team, resulting in a win against St. Patricks but both teams thoroughly enjoyed the debate. Morning tea was provided before round two preparations began. Our team was then paired up against BGS 1, which had two of the best debaters in the State, who are actually both in the QDU team for Queensland. We were again on opposition, this time debating “That the United States should ban extremist groups”. This time we weren’t so lucky. However, there was pizza for lunch and that made up for it!
For our final round, we were paired up against Meghaj, Kiana, and Kalem (QASMT 2)! The motion was “That we should send exclusively female diplomats to countries with poor women’s rights records.” Our team won on an unanimous decision.
After this, the finals and speaker awards were announced, followed by some afternoon tea. Our team had two wins and one loss, plus an individual prize for best individual speaker overall, but we did not make it to the finals. However, we all had a great time and would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Wilson for supporting us!
Tanae Rao, QASMT Student