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
Any student who is interested in Mooting is to contact Ms.
Alisha Richardson (Business Faculty Leader, Senior Legal teacher) firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
For more information, go to: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/