16 June, 2023


Parliamentary Shield Debating

On Saturday 27 May, the Parliamentary Shield Debating competition was held at Launceston College where both College debating teams made their respective finals. Our A team of Jasmine Irani (Captain), Amelie Hughes, Stephanie Wilks and Chloe Davis were this year’s runners-up in a split decision, debating the topic that “Australia should become a republic, now”.

In the B competition, our College team of Sam Jones (Captain), Stephanie Dunphy, Kulani Somarathna and Chelsea Byerley were the winners, debating the topic that “Gambling should be banned in sporting venues”. This was the culmination of a successful season for all senior debaters at the College. House Debating will be contested in Term Three.

Sharon Beattie
Person-in-Charge of Debating

National Hanyuqiao Chinese Competition

Xavier Nesbit (Year 11) has made us proud once again! In the recent national Hanyuqiao Chinese Competition in Brisbane, he not only achieved the prestigious Merit Prize but also secured a spot in the top 10 participants. Xavier’s remarkable presence and confidence during his speech garnered him numerous compliments.

While a few mistakes in his cultural performance and written test prevented him from claiming a higher rank, his teacher, Lutong Cordell, was thoroughly impressed with Xavier’s interactions with his peers. He seamlessly connected with the 13 other state champion students and staff at the competition, showcasing his exceptional social skills.

Not only that, Xavier’s ability to engage with Chinese consuls and embassy staff from different states and territories, including Queensland’s Chinese Consul General, was commendable. His progress in Chinese language proficiency, cultural competency, and overall confidence has been remarkable!

Xavier has undoubtedly emerged as an excellent representative of both Tasmania and Scotch Oakburn College. Let’s celebrate his achievements and look forward to witnessing his continued growth and success. Congratulations, Xavier!

Ben Marsland
Deputy Principal