Mount View takes out 2018 Mayoral Debate
Mount View High School and St Philips Christian College went head-to-head in this year’s Mayoral Debate Final this morning and Mount View came away the winner.
The teams debated the topic, ‘That environmental sustainability is the responsibility of Government’ with St Philips arguing for the affirmative and Mount View for the negative.
While the debating game was strong, the Adjudicators’ final decision saw Mount View take out the title and $250 prize for the second time, which was generously donated by the Cessnock Achievement Centre. Mount View won the Mayoral Debate back in 2013 and were runner-up last year to St Philips.
St Philips 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.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent, along with the Adjudicators, agreed it was a strong debate by both teams and said the quality of the arguments get better and better each year.
“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 2019 brings,” added Cr Pynsent.
he Mayoral Debate has been running for nine years, with Cessnock City Council, Rover Coaches, the Cessnock Achievement Centre and Cessnock Rotary Club sponsoring the event.
Photo left to right: Cessnock City Mayor Councillor Bob Pynsent, Billie Taylor, Tobias Astill-King, Fei Fei Webster and Benjamin Galvin.