A moot is a legal argument conducted by opposing teams before one or more judges. The argument involves the application of legal rules to fact situations like those dealt with by the courts every day. The competition is decided by assessing the advocacy skills of the participants, rather than on the merits of the case.

Every year, the SMC Mooting Team advocate at the very prestigious Bond University High School Mooting Competition. The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. Teams are assigned a hypothetical civil case paralleled to real life cases.


In recent times, the SMC Mooting Team has been awarded “Best Mooting Team” from the Gold Coast Region, as well as competing on a National level two years in a row. In the past three years, the Team have also had members being awarded the very prestigious “Advocacy Merit Award” for their outstanding submissions in the competition.

The competition is open to any Year 10, 11 or 12 student who has a keen interest in Law. Trials commence each year at the beginning of Term One.

Any student who is interested in Mooting is to contact Ms. Alisha Richardson (Business Faculty Leader, Senior Legal teacher)



The Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Association or GCSSDA is an association run by Gold Coast schools which seeks to run high-level debating competitions catering to the needs of local schools. The competition consists of schools from the State, Catholic and independent education sectors and is truly representative of the range of students on the Gold Coast. Participating students gain extensive public speaking and debating experience, learn a range of new skills and make friendships with students from schools within their own and other educational sectors. ​


Students through their participation in this academic endeavor are provided opportunities to challenge themselves, as well as develop extensive research skills. These talented debaters dedicate countless hours preparing in order to put their best argument forward. Being a part of this debating competition is also beneficial for each student’s social skills, public speaking abilities and crosses over into various curriculum areas.

St Michael’s debating students are provided coaching by dedicated staff who work closely with junior, intermediate and senior teams. All students are encouraged to participate, with many new students enrolling in 2016.

Deborah Dowdall


Lions Youth of the Year

Each year, St Michael’s students are invited to participate in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition through our local Lions Clubs. The Lions Youth of the Year is aimed at all young people who seek to improve their skills before entering the workforce or other endeavours.


Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the field of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service Club organisation.


Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. A high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement is sought in its potential winners. By emphasising these qualities it hopes to provide outstanding role models for the youth of Australia and an overall increase in the confidence of young men and women.

Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living.

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