Doing a debate in Afrikaans is challenging as it is, but choosing a topic like Euthanasia/”genadedood” is hugely challenging. The Grade 11s rose to the challenge and pulled it off very successfully!

The winning team celebrating!

The winning team celebrating!

The two sides chose their leaders and immediately set out to research a variety of subjects, for example:

  • “What is South Africa’s legal stance on Euthanasia?”
  • “What do church leaders say?”

Some very controversial questions were also addressed:

  • “Should mentally ill and severely handicapped people be euthanized?”
  • “Can family members decide that a terminally ill patient should be euthanized?”
The two group leaders introduce their groups' arguments.

The two group leaders introduce their groups’ arguments.

The students’ arguments were researched extensively and all participants were well prepared and presented their view points in a mature manner.

Cailin, Nathan, Quinne, Shagon, Tom, Luke, Dillon, Ridhaa and Zeze arguing their points

Cailin, Nathan, Quinne, Shagon, Tom, Luke, Dillon, Ridhaa and Zeze arguing their points

Preparing and presenting successful debates in Afrikaans is a skill required for the successful completion of the Gr 12 Oral Portfolio’s.

Becky en Andrea's conclusions to their respective groups' arguments were comprehensive.

Becky en Andrea’s conclusions to their respective groups’ arguments were comprehensive.

These Grade 11s are well prepared for Grade 12 and should do very well in their prepared debate oral assessment next year.  I congratulate the Grade 11s on a very successful and enjoyable debate.

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