18/12/18

Senior Debating Society | Newsletter

Whilst the pen may be mightier than the sword, the voice might be stronger than all of these… Senior Debating Society has returned to the extra-curricular programme this term, revitalised and ready to take on topics, both big and small. From experimenting on prisoners rather than animals to holding a second referendum on Brexit, debate motions have provoked high-quality discussions. Numbers have soared, with packed classrooms in attendance for many debates, and students have put themselves forward for weekly debate motions and external competitions. The speakers have put forward compelling cases – as a society, we voted to keep Shakespeare on the curriculum, but actually voted against single-sex schools being good for our education! Senior Debating Society meets every Friday at 1.15pm in Room 11 – we are always keen for more to get involved, and thank you to all who have attended so far this year.

ESU Mace – Debating Success

Two Lower Sixth members of Senior Debating Society, Hani Ali and Aliza Chopra, represented the school in the first round of the ESU Mace Debate, at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in late November. Proposing the motion, ‘This house would ban the sale and consumption of meat’, Hani and Aliza put forward complex emotive examples and conveyed sophisticated ideas; they spoke with clarity and confidence. The speeches are no mean feat – 7 minutes in length, with ‘points of information’ offered by the opposing team to try and derail or undermine your argument, yet the girls rose to the challenge. The team were delighted to be selected to move through to the next round, at Repton School, next term. The School is very proud of their achievements and hard work and eagerly look forward to the next round in January.

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