Invicta Debating Competition
The Invicta Debates Competition took place on Wednesday, 25 January. The 14 and Under Competition was very well supported with six teams comprising of students from Years 7 to 9. The standard of the opening speeches was excellent from every participant and all the teams has prepared brilliantly and were able to argue their side of the motion. The topics were as follows: ‘Is there a case for local government to continue to fund libraries?’ ‘This House believes that the British Government should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves’ and ‘Climate change is a myth’. After very close battles throughout, the first debate was won by Jessie-Lee Rose, Jessica Bassom, Ella Grumett and Izzy Rye from Year 7.
The second debate was won by Hannah Clifton, Ellie Breeze, Megan Cartwright and Ella Weeks from Year 9 and the third was won by Aiza Akram, Charlotte Pettett, Kiu Yan Shuen and Stefany Nizamova. The two highest scoring teams went through to the final to fight the motion: ‘This house believes that a head of government should have had previous experience in government.’ The overall winners were: Hannah Clifton, Ellie Breeze, Megan Cartwright and Ella Weeks.
The Over 14 Competition had fewer teams competing but all the participants were excellent in their contributions. The winning team fighting against the motion: ‘Does Automation benefit Society? Were Megan Pankhurst, Erin-Jane Roodt and Thibau Grumett.
All the participants in both competitions should be very proud of their successful debating skills and many will go on to represent the school in future competitions.
Thank you to Mrs Lloyd and Mrs Rush for organising the event and to judges Dr White, Mr Hancock, Mr Masters and Mr Perry.