Training and Workshops

Primary Debating Workshops

Following last year's record attendance of over 3,400 students across NSW The Arts Unit's primary debating days are back! If you haven't been before, the days are made up of workshops run by the department's most senior (but also least scary) adjudicators and coaches. They'll be covering all the things you need to know for primary school debating including rebuttal, arguments, definition and speakers' roles, as well as a few games and activities and a chance for everyone to give a short debating speech and get some feedback. The days are appropriate for Years 5&6 kids of all levels from beginner to advanced, and are a great way for both students and teachers to learn more about debating and hear from the people who will be adjudicating the finals of the Premier's Debating Challenge in 2017. Below is the information for the days we've arranged so far, and we'll add more days and regions here as we get organised for 2017. Hope to see you there!

Western NSW (download application form here)

Thursday 16 February @ Dubbo West Public School
Friday 17 February @ Bletchington Public School (FULL)

Hunter/Central Coast (download application form here)

Monday 20 February @ Singleton Public School
Tuesday 21 February @ Maitland East Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 22 February @ Adamstown Public School (FULL)
Thursday 23 February @ Jewells Public School (FULL)
Friday 24 February @ Edgeworth Public School (FULL)
Tuesday 28 February @ Mannering Park Public School
Wednesday 1 March @ Avoca Beach Public School
Thursday 2 March @ Narara Public School

New England (download application form here)

Tuesday 7 March @ Ben Venue Public School
Wednesday 8 March @ Nemingha Public School (FULL)
Friday 10 March @ Moree Public School

South Western Sydney (download application form here)

Monday 13 March @ Greenway Park Public School (FULL)
Tuesday 14 March @ Robert Townson Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 15 March @ St Johns Park Public School (FULL)
Thursday 16 March @ Strathfield North Public School (FULL)

Riverina (download application form here)

Monday 20 March @ Deniliquin North Public School
Tuesday 21 March @ Sturt Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 22 March @ Griffith East Public School (FULL)
Thursday 23 March @ Albury Public School

Illawarra & South East (download application form here)

Monday 27 March @ Bowral Public School
Tuesday 28 March @ Bungendore Public School
Wednesday 29 March @ Batemans Bay Public School
Thursday 30 March @ Keiraville Public School (FULL)
Friday 31 March @ Jamberoo Public School

Western Sydney (download application form here)

Monday 3 April @ Blaxland East Public School (FULL)
Tuesday 4 April @ Matthew Pearce Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 5 April @ Westmead Public School
Thursday 6 April @ York Public School

Sydney (download application form here)

Monday 1 May @ Matraville Public School
Tuesday 2 May @ Coogee Public School (FULL)
Wednesday 3 May @ Annandale Public School (FULL)
Thursday 4 May @ Clemton Park Public School (FULL)
Friday 5 May @ Bonnet Bay Public School (FULL)
Friday 12 May @ Lewisham Public School

North Coast (download application form here)

Monday 15 May @ Bangalow Public School
Tuesday 16 May @ Alstonville Public School
Wednesday 17 May @ Coffs Harbour Public School
Thursday 18 May @ Laurieton Public School

Northern Sydney (download application form here)

Monday 22 May @ Mowbray Public School
Wednesday 24 May @ Castle Cove Public School
Thursday 25 May @ Asquith Public School

Adjudicator Training

The main course for training of new adjudicators took place at The Arts Unit, The Boulevarde, Lewisham on the last Saturday in February from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

In 2017 The Arts Unit will be running a number of Adjudicator Training Courses in venues across NSW. The workshops will be run by highly qualified tutors and will cover all aspects of adjudicating, including Matter and Rebuttal, Definition and Method, and Public Speaking and Manner. A DVD of a past debating final will be shown to all participants. These days are an excellent opportunity for both potential adjudicators and those who have been trained previously to learn more about current best practice and then adjudicate in schools with confidence. 

The first course took place on Thursday 9 March, 2017 at Oxley High School, Piper Street Tamworth 2340.
Further courses are planned for later in the year. The structure of each course is as follows:
Time: 10.00am until 3.00pm. (Please ensure you arrive in time to register by 9.45am).
Open to: Anyone wishing to adjudicate debating or public speaking competitions organised by the Department of Education and to  current adjudicators wishing to update their skills.
Cost:  This is a free event. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided for all participants. 
Bring: Paper and pen. (New adjudicators will need to bring proof of ID and provide a Working with Children Clearance Number). 
For more information please contact:
Lloyd Cameron, The Arts Unit or email to or phone 8512 1172

Professional Learning

High quality, engaging professional learning, accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers is available to support all the Art Unit programs.

Students are not the only ones who benefit from participation in Arts Unit activities. Teachers also receive the opportunity for professional development by attending the Professional Learning workshops. NSW public schools teachers can attend targeted professional learning and development workshops where they develop their knowledge and skills about training debating teams and adjudicating skills. This enables teachers to develop their school based debating program and prepare their teams more thoroughly for the state based competitions.

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