National Spanish Debating Competition

The annual national Spanish debating competition took place last term on Friday 2 July at Rangitoto College with two Strathallan teams competing.

The Year 11 students David Grey, Luka Gonzales Masias and Tahlia Pillay took part in the Junior category and were semi-finalists.

The Year 13 students Samuel Bain, Ashley Rohloff and Sky Wu advanced to the semi-finals in the Open category and came third overall in the competition out of 16 teams. After a number of rounds of very challenging debates about topics such as deciding if electric cars should be banned, New Zealand borders should be opened and virtual classes have a positive impact on education, our students won against Kings College, Rangitoto College and Kristin.

The students gained a great deal from the experience and could clearly see how it enhanced their own learning of the language. David Grey commented that “being immersed in another language in an event like this was amazing, and greatly improved my Spanish”, while Ashely Rohloff enjoyed the opportunity to be “immersed in the language for the entire day and interacting with other Spanish students outside our own classroom, learning new vocabulary and language techniques.”

Both teams performed incredibly well. Felicitaciones to the two teams. We are all extremely proud of their results.