Debating is an important activity offered to all students. Apart from aiding skills in research, logic and clear thinking, debating develops self-confidence, fluency and team work. Santa Maria College promotes teams at all year levels and organises inter-school debates as time allows. Santa Maria has teams competing in the School Competition of the Debating Association of Victoria. We also have students participating in the Legacy Public Speaking Competition and the VCAA Plain English Competition to name a few. All students are warmly invited to participate.