The Debating Society has had a very busy couple of weeks with competitions coming thick and fast. First up was the ESU Public Speaking Competition. 30 schools from the Birmingham region had entered the competition and we made it to the final six and so went down to Birmingham for the regional final. Lucas Pringle spoke extremely convincingly on the issue of whether or not doctors should be able to override parents on matters of medical care. Marcus Tarrant asked insightful questions and Sophie Palmer did a terrific job as a calm and clear chairperson. Overall the team were delighted to finish second and Lucas Pringle thoroughly deserved his ‘Outstanding Personality’ award!
On Thursday evening of last week we were back down to Birmingham again for the regional round of the Oxford University Schools’ Debating Competition. 54 teams were competing and with only eight qualifying through to the national finals it was always going to be a tough battle. The three Repton teams faced motions on whether or not workers in essential state services should be banned from striking and whether international development aid should only be given to countries that hold free and fair elections. All the Repton teams did brilliantly and Repton managed to get an unprecedented two teams through to finals day in the prestigious Oxford Union! Many congratulations to Manon Allen, Mimi Tarrant, Laura Bramall and Sophie Palmer.
Just three days later we were back in action, this time for the Cambridge University Schools’ Debating Competition. Here there were three motions to debate: This House would execute war criminals; This House believes that important decisions about children’s health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents; and This House supports environmental activists breaking the law in order to protect the environment. Manon Allen and Kyoko Canaway did terrifically well to finish in the top four spots in order to qualify for the finals day which takes place in Cambridge during half-term.
Finally, the last couple of weeks have also seen the second regional round of the ESU Mace competitions. Laura Bramall and Manon Allen had further success here as they have now qualified for the regional finals of the competition.
It is with great excitement that we look forward to the next round of the ESU Mace and the Oxford and Cambridge finals still to come this term. As well as further competitions in Nottingham and Durham!