William Carey has a rich history of involvement and success in debating competitions. There are debating teams for Years Six – Eleven, and any student who wishes to participate in the team is encouraged to try out. Each debating team meets weekly with the supervising teacher for training preparation and practice.
The school participates in the Head of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) competition, which is a knockout competition. William Carey has enjoyed great success in the past, with several different teams reaching the final stage of the competition. Recently, teams from the school have also won the Churchill Cup Debating Competition.
In the past, William Carey has also participated in debating days with local schools, which was a combined initiative of several schools. Internally, our students who are not in the teams are also taught the skills of debating in English lessons and are often invited to observe in-school debates.
Year Eleven students who are interested in Legal Studies and the possibility of pursuing a career in Law have the opportunity to participate in the Inter-School Mock Trial Competition. This is a state-wide competition that is administered by the NSW Law Society.
Each school’s team consists of six students, including: two barristers, a solicitor, two witnesses and a court officer. The two schools that are participating in the trial receive one side of the case – either the Prosecution or the Defence. Both schools then prepare their side of the case and a trial in the form of a court case is engaged in between the two schools. The trials take place in many different locations across the state and are adjudicated by either magistrates or lawyers.
William Carey has a proud tradition of participating in the Mock Trial Competition and has successfully competed at state level on a number of occasions.