Three rounds until the state final for YPS debating team

Young Public School are only three debates away from the NSW State Debating Championships Finals after winning last week.

Last Wednesday the Young Public School side debated against Woollahra.

"The YPS Cherry Pickers argued against the topic: that all extra-curricular activities should be banned until a COVID vaccine is found," debating coordinator Kerri Coulter said.

"They convinced the adjudicator that extra-curricular activities are far more important than the slim chance of contracting the virus."

Winners are grinners: Zara McAllister, Patrick Madden, Chloe Laybutt, Henry MacIver and Zara Hewson. Photo: YPS.

Winners are grinners: Zara McAllister, Patrick Madden, Chloe Laybutt, Henry MacIver and Zara Hewson. Photo: YPS.

Patrick Madden was in the position of first speaker, followed by Zara Hewson as second speaker, Zara McAllister as third speaker and Chloe Laybutt as team adviser and Henry MacIver and Molly Smithers as their supporting teammates.

The Young Public School side were the negative meaning their job was to convince the adjudicator and the audience that extra curricular activities outweigh the slim risk of contracting the virus.

Some of the arguments the Young side used were that there is an increased risk of eye issues due to excessive screen time and an increase in obesity among students with extra curricular activities their only source of exercise in some instances.

The students have continued their practice and exercises over the last week with the side expected to debate again soon.