The Lynfield College Advanced Premier Debating team have had an outstanding year in the Auckland Schools Debating and NZ Schools Debating competitions and tournaments.
Auckland Schools Debating
Having won the Grand Final of the Advanced Premier - a rare achievement for a team of Year 12s –Lynfield College are now the reigning Debating champions of Auckland. They also placed 3rd in the ASD Seasonal Championship and Impromptu Cup tournaments.
This is the first year Lynfield College has ever had a team entered in the top grade, and to come out on top of the best teams in Auckland is a testament to the incredible pool of talent at the school. ASD main sponsor, Russel McVeagh law firm called it “a massive achievement” on their FB page.
Year 12 students, Jia Dua, Karan Kalsi, and Kitty Sun successfully affirmed in a unanimous decision "this house believes social movements (e.g. Feminist movement, LGBT movement, race-based groups such as Black Lives Matter) should not criticise the views of those outside their movement on the basis of their privilege," beating Diocesean School for Girls, also a Year 12 team.
NZ Schools Debating
Each year, NZ Schools Debating holds a regional tournament, from which 12 debaters are selected to form two teams who will represent Auckland at Nationals. At the tournament LC’s Advanced Premier team took 2nd overall, and Karan Kalsi and Jia Dua were awarded the Best Speaker and Highly Commended, respectively. For the second year in a row, Karan was selected for a Regional Team, which, for the second year in a row, went all the way to the Grand Final of Nationals.
Picture: (Kitty Sun (left), Karan Kalsi (centre) and Jia Dua (right), winners of the Auckland Schools Debating Advanced Premier Grand Final.