Debating Success

The debating society have had a very busy month competing in national and international competitions.

On Saturday March 9th Jack Jillings and Seb Cawte competed in finals day at the Oxford Union. The day was intense; debating in four rounds against teams from the UK and overseas. 

Jack and Seb, although not getting through to the grand final received some great feedback from the judges. Both are brand new to debating and are to be commended for being placed so highly out of over 800 teams.

On Saturday March 16th, nine members of the debating society participated in the Imperial College, London debating competition. Lucy Bayliss, Olivia Welch, Peter Baillie and Alf Hamer were competing and Zoe Adams, Maddy McCubbine, Jack Jillings, Seb Cawte and Brighan Collins given the wonderful opportunity of being trained as competition judges.

With motions, such as ‘THW ban the reporting of the identities of anyone involved in an ongoing criminal trial ‘and ‘THBT parents from minority ethnicities should encourage their children to code switch’, the Alton College teams performed exceptionally well but unfortunately missed out on being placed in the top four. A special mention must be given to Lucy and Olivia who were placed first in two of their debates. 

The debating season ends next week with an in-house workshop hosted by a current competition judge and Alton College Alumni Matthew Stevens-Keane.