Farewell cherished colleague and friend - Saani Bennetts
To all our parents, students, schools.
I am very sad to inform you that Saani Bennetts
our amazing web designer, coach
and administrator has passed over.
It is very hard to imagine how I will manage
without her after working together
for 15 years, Saani's experience, patience
and creativity were essential to
Rise & Shine's development.
If you would like to share in the celebration
of her life, please join us THIS SUNDAY:
Rise & Shine Debating (formerly Gozone Debating) is based in Perth, Western Australia. We offer outside-school-hours and tailored in-class debating programs, in-house and interschool debate events and adjudication within Perth. We provide professional learning opportunities for teachers and coaches in Perth and regional areas, as well as consultancy and debating resources Australia-wide.
Benefits of Debating
Developing public speaking skills helps students overcome fears and provides lifelong benefits.
High School Preparation
Debating can help upper primary students prepare for the challenges of high school.
Debating encourages students to stand up for what they believe in and have their say at any age.
Debating nurtures skills that are needed for success in tomorrow's workplace, providing advantage for a child's future.
Debating involves skills that are useful in most areas of academic pursuit and most careers.
Debating helps develop strong problem-solving capacities as well as creative, critical and complex thinking skills.
Debating teaches collaboration, communication, empathy, and other important people skills.
Debating helps students learn through practical life experience across a range of subject areas.
7 Skills for Success According to Google
In 2013, Google decided to test how their hiring and firing process was working. The results of 'Project Oxygen' surprised everyone. It turns out that of the eight most important skills at Google, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) expertise came in last.
The 7 top skills that Google (and many other employers) now look for in employees are: being a good coach, empathy and collaboration, communicating well, social awareness, critical thinking, problem-solving and connecting complex ideas.
These are exactly the skills we develop through Rise & Shine Debating, along with other vital skills for 21st century success in life and learning.
Parent of Natalie, debating student
Debating is so much fun with Lesli and the Rise & Shine team. The coaches have a good sense of humour and a love of teaching that helps children connect with them quickly and engage with all things debating. They learn the art of debating in a constructive and non-judgemental environment. My daughter loves the classes, learns so much and is gaining a lot more self-confidence.
Teacher & Debating Coach
I am constantly inspired to see the emerging self-assurance of students who take part in Rise & Shine debating classes. Clearly, its one-of-a-kind approach makes for building
confidence among students in developing and speaking their own ideas. I invariably find that students' self-expression and their joy in having their ideas valued adds up to what can only be well-founded self-confidence for their life ahead.
Parent of Year 6 debating student
My daughter has loved her debating classes in Years 5 & 6 and I have seen her confidence and skills blossom over that time. It has been wonderful to see her progress with every debate event and I have appreciated the focus on helping students improve every time they debate. I'm sure the skills she's learned through debating will stand her in good stead for high school next year.