Schools in league with State of Debate

Endeavour Sports High School has won the NSW final of the inaugural State of Debate All Schools Challenge, a National Rugby League Museum initiative designed to engage students from NSW and Queensland in debating themes of sport, ethics and wellbeing.

Endeavour Sports High team argued the negative case against Bass High on the topic 'That we should dock competition points from teams whose players misbehave off-field'.

Scott Grose, head teacher English at Endeavour Sports High, said the debate was of a high quality and was conducted in "good spirit".

"My team just performed outstandingly well. They were able to really engage with some contemporary issues that are high interest to students, especially students who have an interest in sport," Mr Grose said.

Speaking competitions coordinator Lloyd Cameron said the Endeavour Sports team (which consisted of Joshua Tolmie, Jessica Oscuro, Jordon York and Victoria Wang) had earlier defeated Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, while Bass High School had earlier defeated Westfields Sports High school.

Mr Cameron said it was a great opportunity for the four schools, which were heavily involved in sport and debating, to argue current topics such as ‘That professional sportspeople found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs should be sent to prison' and ‘That we should require TV channels to broadcast equal amounts of male and female sports'.

He said each school displayed a wide knowledge of the issues and a commendable degree of passion.

The National Rugby League (NRL) program aimed to empower young people through an open and inclusive dialogue where the freedom to express ideas, insights and beliefs is valued and celebrated.

Endeavour Sports High will represent NSW in a debate against the winning Queensland school at Rugby League Central in Moore Park on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 July, just before the third State of Origin Rugby League game is played.

The students will attend the final Origin match as special NRL guests.

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