St Mary’s is proud of its well established record of success in interschool debating in the Cairns area.

In both senior and junior secondary schools debating competitions held annually, St Mary’s has either contested or won finals each year for the past ten years.

St Mary’s, each year, enters four teams in the local competitions; teams representing years 9,10,11 and 12. Students gain valuable skills such as effective listening and speaking, clear and logical argument and rebuttal, teamwork and confidence. Debaters are taught, prepared and coached by experienced and committed St Mary’s teachers.