April 13, 2016

Peel board students tackle tough issues at first iDebate Therefore iExist competition

​Earnscliffe Sr. Public School will host the first iDebate Therefore iExist competition for Peel District School Board students on April 15. More than 80 students in grades 6 to 8 will participate in the debate which aims to provide students with a platform to express their ideas and opinions.

“The iDebate Therefore iExist competition is a forum in which the classroom and the real world unite,” says Costel Gagu, teacher at Earnscliffe Sr. “Students will use critical-thinking, inquiry and communication skills to develop informed opinions about cultural, educational and social issues, and work collaboratively to present their arguments in an effective and informed manner. This experience will equip students with lifelong skills to become well-rounded and engaged citizens in their schools and communities.”

Each debate will consist of two teams who will be designated the proposition and the opposition, respectively. Students will work in teams of four to present arguments on a variety of issues, including internet safety, the use of mobile devices, advertising, animal rights and animal testing.

The following schools will participate in the competition:
Earnscliffe Sr. Public School
Fletcher’s Creek Sr. Public School
Lougheed Middle School
McCrimmon Middle School
Sir William Gage Middle School
William G. Davis Sr. Public School

The event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Earnscliffe Sr. is located at 50 Earnscliffe Circle in Brampton. 


Media contacts

Andrea Dewar-Salmon, Principal, Earnscliffe Sr. Public School, 905-793-2903, [email protected] 

Costel Gagu, Teacher, Earnscliffe Sr. Public School, 905-793-2903 ext. 213, [email protected]   

Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, [email protected]  ​
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