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Apex Debating Competition

Debating11Echuca College fielded three teams in the Apex debating competition held at the Harvest Hotel. The competition has been a staple competition for the College over the past five years with the College managing to make the finals of the senior competition every one of those years. This year the College was able to field a junior team and two senior teams.

The College’s junior team consisting of Joni Grundy, Rhys Watson, Hannah Ayres and researcher Annastasia Gadsden and they debated the affirmative “That tattoos are body graffiti”. Hannah Ayres spoke first and was able to set up the debate which was then reinforced by excellent arguments from Rhys and Joni. The junior team won the debate over a very classy St. Josephs team and will be debating in the finals this Tuesday night.

The College’s two senior teams unfortunately had to debate each other meaning only one team could get through to the final. The affirmative team of Kelly Gould, Alise Riley and Tom Harris debated “that the development of artificial intelligence poses an unacceptable risk to our humanity”, while the team of Luke Judd, Maegan Johnson and Sarah Kaddissi championed the importance of “AI” to the human race. In a very entertaining, and at times humorous debate, the two sides slugged it out with the negative case being declared the winner. This debate also claimed the two highest scores of the night and it is worth mentioning that this was the first time Kelly, Alise and Luke had competed in a debate – Well Done.

The senior team of Luke Judd, Sarah Kaddissi and Maegan Johnson will meet a very able St. Josephs team on Tuesday and try to claim back to back trophies for the College arguing the affirmative “that consumers should be willing to pay more for local produce”. The junior team of Annastasia Gadsden, Joni Grundy, Rhys Watson and Hannah Ayres will take on Kyabram arguing the negative “that regional public swimming pools are needed in small communities”.

The debates start at 6pm at the Harvest hotel on Tuesday 31st May and we wish both teams the best of luck. 

National Reconciliation Week 2016

Reconciliation Week1Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.  It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation journey.

Our students participated in the ceremony at the Campaspe Shire offices and will celebrate NRW with a whole school assembly.

The theme for NRW 2016 is Our History, Our Story, Our Future.

Our History, Our Story, Our Future is derived from the State of Reconciliation in Australia report, which asks all Australians to reflect on our national identity, and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and rights in our nation’s story.

‘Our History’ reminds us all that historical acceptance is essential to our reconciliation journey. Historical acceptance will exist when all Australians understand and accept the fact that past laws, practices and policies deeply affected the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, often having devastating immediate impacts and causing much of the disadvantage that exists today. It is also a commitment to ensuring these wrongs are never repeated in the future.

‘Our Story’ reflects the fact that the journey towards reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s story, as do the stories of both trauma and triumph told by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It also encourages each and every one of us to make reconciliation part of our own story.

‘Our Future’ reinforces that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, in the knowledge that we believe in fairness for everyone, that our diversity makes us richer, and that together, we are stronger.

For more information, go to http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/what-is-nrw/ 

Mt Alexander Chess Challenge Winners

Chess 1On Friday 27th May, Echuca College took two teams down to the Castlemaine Gaol to participate in the Mt Alexander Chess Challenge. The Echuca College A team (Neal Rivera, Jacob Baldock, Mitchell Chapman, Harley Parks and Gabriel Gallimore) Won 5 games, tied 1 and lost 1 game to claim first place in Division 1. This is an outstanding achievement and our Chess Club should be very proud of all players. The Echuca College B team (Caleb Millen, Patrick Kervin, Jack Creed and Thomas Draicchio) Despite playing 1 player down managed to win 3 games, tie 1 and lose 3 games. This is a great effort from a team comprised of all Year 7 students. Neal Rivera also received a certificate for winning all of his 7 games (only 4 others managed to achieve this).