Starting in Junior School where key concepts are introduced, Debating is a mainstay of the co-curricular offering at TAS. In both Middle and Senior Schools Debating opportunities are varied: against other Armidale schools as part of the Tri-Schools Debating competition (for Middle School students) and impromptu debates at Senior School level; other schools from across Australia (including, it is planned in 2017, ‘virtual’ debates held online), and an inter-house competition (at both Middle and Senior School level) which accrues points for the Clemson Cup for Public Speaking and Debating. In recent years there have also been Students v Staff debates and School v Old Boys’ debates. Students will be notified about Debating meetings in the early weeks of Term 1 of each year.
In both Middle and Senior School, students take part in the public speaking section of the inter-house competition for the Clemson Cup. Conducted in Term 3, the Middle School competition is held in the Hoskins Centre, whilst the Senior School competition is held during a special whole-of-school Assembly Held in the Hoskins Centre in front of a capacity audience, an always-entertaining showcase of skilful oratory, youthful confidence and wit. Other opportunities in 2016 included the Speaking for the Planet (Year 10) and Rotary (Year 11) public speaking competitions.
The purpose of the week is to bring the Round Square IDEALS to life through a range of real and genuine experiences that are not encountered through the regular curricular and co-curricular programs.