2017 Mayoral Debate the best yet
Mount View High School and St Philips Christian College went head-to-head in this year’s Mayoral Debate Final at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre last Wednesday.
The teams debated the topic, ‘Australia would be more effectively governed without a Senate’ with Mount View arguing for the affirmative and St Philips for the negative.
While the debating game was strong, the Adjudicators’ final decision saw St Philip’s Christian College take out the title and $250 prize for the third year in a row.
Mount View didn’t go back to school empty handed as they took with them the runner-up prize money of $150, which was generously donated by the Cessnock Rotary Club just last week.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, along with the Adjudicators, agreed it was the best debate to date.
“The debating just gets better and better each year, but the students really stepped it up a notch in both the heats and the final this year,” said Cr Pynsent.
“It was a tough topic for the final, but you could tell the students did their homework and they certainly did rise to the challenge and should be very proud!”
“I would like to congratulate all students who took part this year from Mount View, St Philips, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri High Schools, I’m very much looking forward to what next year brings,” added Cr Pynsent.
The Mayoral Debate has been running for eight years, with Rover Coaches, the Cessnock Achievement Centre and Cessnock Rotary Club sponsoring the event.