Senior Debating Competition
The first internal school Debating Competition for this year took place on Monday, 22 January and involved students who were over 14. Students from Year 10 and 11 fought valiantly against the sixth form. The winners of each debate went on to contest the final. They were Jack and Harriet arguing against the motion: Monuments to controversial historical figures should remain. Stephanie and Aimee won the next debate arguing for the motion: We should accept the risk inherent in contact sports. The third debate was won by Anuli and Suha arguing against the motion: In the digital age we should not expect our online activities to remain private.
The final was on the topic: Populism is a threat to democracy’. The winners of the final were and Harriet from Year 12. A huge well done to all of our winners and a very well done to all the students who took part. You were all fantastic and will be developing those crucial skills to take forward in life. A special thank you goes to Megan from Year 10 who did an excellent job as time keeper throughout the evening.
On Wednesday, 24 January the three winning teams went on to represent the school at the National Debating Matters Regional Championships which is their new format for this year. The teams did brilliantly, Stephanie and Aimee won a decisive victory and Jack and Harriet just missed by a split decision from the judges. All of the team members asked brilliant questions throughout the day and Stephanie was presented one of the three top individual prizes awarded to all round performances throughout the day. It was a great day for the team and the stunning surrounding of St Mary’s University in Twickenham and the buzz from all the schools and the chance to network with the experts who formed the judging panels was a great experience for the students.
If you are keen to get more involved in Debating, the society meets on a Thursday lunchtime.