Debate & Public Speaking

GNS Debate and Public Speaking

Excellence in public speaking is a tradition at GNS. We welcome and applaud students who are terrified of speaking and wish to overcome their fears. At the opposite end of that spectrum, experienced speakers from GNS have reached world finals on a regular basis. Tournaments are held throughout the year with the numbers of students participating ranging from three to 12, according to the tournament host school.

The Debate Club is a cornerstone co-curricular activity at GNS and has a long history of success. The team is open to all students in Grades 7 to 12 regardless of their level of experience with speech and debate. The club hosts in-school debate competitions throughout the year but also registers teams to participate in out-of-school competitions. These take place approximately once a month, from October to April, and can be held as close as Victoria, Vancouver or further afield. Should debaters do well in these competitions, they might qualify for tournaments that occur out-of-province or internationally. The GNS debate team also competes at bilingual tournaments (and is currently the reigning provincial champion!), and is always looking for French speaking students to compete.

Debating & Public Speaking Contacts

Elspeth Easton
Debate Coach

James Thornton
Assistant Debate Coach

Valerie Chatterton
Public Speaking Coord.