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The heats of the 2016 Mayoral High School debate were hotly contested this week as the Cessnock City Council hosted teams from four local high schools at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. 
The heats of the 2016 Mayoral High School debate were hotly contested this week as the Cessnock City Council hosted teams from four local high schools at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.  

In the first heat Cessnock High School (affirmative) and St Philip’s Christian College (negative) debated the topic ‘That the Olympics is of benefit to host cities’.  

Students reflected on the economic, social and reputational impact of the Olympics citing examples from Rio, London, Athens, Sydney and Moscow.   

The second heat saw Kurri Kurri High School (affirmative) and Mount View High School (negative) consider if ‘Teenagers’ relationship with exercise is becoming unhealthy’.  

Key points of discussion included healthy levels of physical activity, how technology has influenced excise and perceptions of safety in the community.    

Following lengthy deliberation the adjudicators determined that the teams from St Philip’s Christian College and Kurri Kurri High School had won their respective debates and secured a place in the final.  
Cessnock City Council General Manager, Stephen Glen said all the students were very well prepared and presented informed arguments supported be strong examples to make their case.

“Congratulations to the teams from St Philip’s Christian College (affirmative) and Kurri Kurri High School (negative) who will debate ‘That mental health has changed since the introduction of digital technology’ in the final to be held on Wednesday 24 August”, Mr Glen said.