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Oyster Festival absorbed into larger Wyong festival
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Asbestos exposure raised in parliament
McEvoy oval amenities are officially opened
Commitment to put railway crossing on council agenda
Mehrtens was only one to gain quota on first preference
Marquart likely to be elected
Labor, Liberal and Holstein look set for council
Risk to natural reserves and national parks
Changes to crossing and parking at Umina school
Rotary club to hold book fair
Guided walk to Wondabyne
Arboretum's 41 years is celebrated
Mingaletta forms agreement with engineering company
Proposal to build four dwellings
Energy presentation at Hardys Bay
Beekeeper speaks at Rotary
Day to publicise local support services
Police join for memorial sports day
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Excuse needed for pre-poll voting
Authors congratulated for thought-provoking plan
What's happening to the weather?
My mother has died
Don't forget the Peninsula
The politicians we deserve
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Day of craft and food for mental health
Hat Day parties for mental health
Memory Lane program recognised
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Art fair to be held at Pearl Beach
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Four local artists received Bouddi Foundation grants
Jazz to be played in the arboretum
Wine fair to be held at Memorial Hall
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Wins in regional spelling bee final
Shoe boxes wanted
Children's mass to be held in Woy Woy
Debating team makes it to the top
Money for landscaping
Kindergarten students visit reptile park
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Junior Bunnies snare three premierships
Mixed results in junior rugby union
Wombats hold registration days
Locals win zone singles bowls titles
Club bowls finals held at Woy Woy
Spring pair champions

Debating team makes it to the top

The Umina Beach Public School senior debating team made it to the top 16 schools in the Hunter-Central Coast region for the Year 5-6 Premier's Debating Challenge.

"This team did so well in their local debates that they were selected to compete in the knockout rounds," said deputy principal Mr Chad Tsakissiris.

"Their first knockout competition was against Dudley Public School and Umina Beach won the debate.

"When they competed in the next round of the competition against Adamstown Public School, the topic was that 'Students in primary school should only receive feedback instead of grades and marks'.

"The Umina Beach team were the affirmative and had to agree with this statement.

"Some of their arguments included: that receiving grades and scores did not tell a student how they can improve, that verbal and written feedback was more important and useful to students and parents, that grades and marks were unnecessary in primary school and also that receiving marks and grades could cause stress, anxiety and disappointment and it allowed students to compare their progress to others in a negative way.

"Both teams conveyed very convincing arguments and it was a very close debate," Mr Tsakissiris said.

"Unfortunately we lost this round.

"However, we are very proud of these hardworking students and their progress in the competition," Mr Tsakissiris concluded.

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