A strong debating program in the Junior School
St Aloysius' College has a long history of successful participation in debating and debating is one of the most popular activities at the College. Debating is a sport of the mind, building character, teamwork and confidence. Our boys participate in the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) and the The Independent Schools' Debating Association (ISDA) competitions as well as the Aloysian Intra School Debating Competition in Term III and IV.
These competitions during the year provide the boys with many opportunities to participate on a variety of levels. Debating also occurs as part of the classroom curriculum in Years 5 and 6.
In response to the enthusiasm for debating, the Junior School provides training to debaters throughout the entire year. Boys from Year 4, 5, and 6 can participate in the Debating Academy in an after school series of workshops and debates during Terms III and IV. The Debating Academy provides advanced training for Year 6 boys in preparation for the Senior School, and is a period of recruitment and pre-season training to identify and nurture talent in the Year 4 and 5 cohorts.
The Independent Schools' Debating Association (ISDA)
The ISDA Competition has our Year 6 speakers competing in the Primary A and B Divisions. Selected Year 5 students come along to watch and learn in preparation for their chance to compete the following year.
Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) Competition
The IPSHA Competition occurs fortnightly on Friday afternoons in Terms II and III. St Aloysius' College competes against other schools in our area.