Inter-Schools Debating Competition
Monday evening saw the return of the Inter-Schools Debating Competition. Invicta fielded two teams; one from our Lower School, and one from our Upper School. Both teams performed admirably with political topics such as 'The UK government should invest in wind farms'.
Up against Bennett Memorial School from Tunbridge Wells in both first round debates, our A and B teams in the Lower School competition fought off some tough questions from our judges. We were narrowly pipped to the win by Bennett Memorial in the first of the final rounds. Our second team headed through to the final but were only just beaten on the matter of lowering the voting age. There are some strong members of our lower school team that are set for future wins.
The senior team got off no lighter, in the Over Fourteen category, from the relentlessly probing of the questions from our visiting judges John Taylor, Director of Page & Wells, and Ralph Leighton, Senior Lecturer in Education from Canterbury Christ Church University. After a well fought battle over the grounds of The Death Penalty, our Invicta team won out over Maidstone Girls Grammar School. The UK's position in the EU was the topic of the second debate which saw Simon Langton School for Girls overwhelm the argument from The Norton Knatchbull School. Tough opponents from Simon Langton proved to be a fight for the Invicta team in the final round. Our team argued with panache and style about the devolvement of government in the UK, and won overall. A huge congratulations to the fledgling senior debating team.
Thank you to Mrs Lloyd, Miss Williams, Miss Watts and Mrs Brewster for organising the event.