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DAV Debating

Siena has had an amazing start to the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) 2018 Schools Competition. This year, there are four teams representing Siena College, from Year 9 D Grade through to Year 12 A Grade, including both experienced debaters and students who are debating for the first time this year. The students have been dedicated to working hard, with the support of their Siena staff coaches and the Debating and Public Speaking Captain, Hayley Kennedy and Vice Captain, Annalise Skliros.

The girls have also taken part in after school training sessions with coaches from DAV leading up to each debate. These have provided a great opportunity to delve into the topics and discuss ideas and tips with some expert university debaters. We are looking forward to a wonderful season of debating and we would like to wish all of the teams well as they prepare for the final rounds.  Everyone should be very proud of their efforts both leading up to and during the debates, whether or not their team was successful in the first few rounds. The teams have been faced with some very challenging topics and have done a fantastic job, collaborating as a team and working well to prepare their arguments. We look forward to continuing to build on debating skills and confidence throughout the year. 

For Year 8 students who are interested in getting involved in debating, there will be an opportunity to participate in the Junior Schools Competition (JSP) in late Term 3. The girls will be receiving more information in the coming weeks.

We have also enjoyed having so many students involved in House Debating so far this year and we look forward to seeing some of those girls representing Siena in the Interschool Competition in future years.


Becky Scott
Head of Debating 

Below is the report from Hayley and Annalise on the first three rounds of debating.

Round 1

A Grade: Mia Catalano, Olivia Kourmadias and Hayley Kennedy
Won the debate by one point against Balwyn High

B Grade: Olivia Ventura, Olivia Wilhelm and Annalise Skliros
A very close debate against Strathcona which they unfortunately lost by only one point, with Annalise winning Best Speaker

C Grade: Elizabeth Zagon, Natasha Walsh and Mia Horozidis
Won the debate by one point against Kingswood College, with Natasha Walsh winning Best Speaker

D Grade: Amanda Marasco, Claudia Wilhelm and Jasmine Skutela
Won the debate by one point against Strathcona

Round 2

A Grade: Ellie Dickinson, Hayley Kennedy and Olivia Kourmadias
Won the debate by two points

B Grade: Hannah Walsh, Olivia Wilhelm and Jade Devlin
Unfortunate loss by five points to Camberwell Grammar

C Grade:  Mia Horozidis, Annie Walsh and Lucia Lane
Won the debate by a phenomenal four points, with Mia Horozidis winning Best Speaker

D Grade:  Mia Ng, Audrey Phommasone and Aisha Bowker
Won the debate against Trinity Grammar by one point

Round 3

A Grade: Ellie Dickinson, Maddy Harries and Bianca Cleland
A very close debate against Trinity Grammar that was unfortunately lost by only two points

B Grade: Olivia Ventura, Jade Devlin and Annalise Skliros
Won by two points against Box Hill Secondary, with Jade Devlin winning Best Speaker

C Grade:  Elizabeth Zagon, Annie Walsh and Lucia Lane
Won against Camberwell Grammar by three points, with Lucia Lane winning Best Speaker

D Grade:  Amanda Morasco, Savannah Young and Martina Lovric
Another close debate with a loss of only one point to Kew High School

A big thank you to all parents and friends who attend the debates and support our teams.  We encourage all parents and families to come and watch the debates to cheer on the debaters. Thank you also to all the coaches of the teams for giving up their time to assist and support the girls. Congratulations to all teams, the girls who won best speaker and the team coaches. Good luck to everyone for the final debate which is on Monday, 6 August at Camberwell Grammar School.

Hayley Kennedy and Annalise Skliros
Debating and Public speaking Captains

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