Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition

Following on from the regional round of the Oxford School’s Debating competition, two Alton College students have won a place in the National Finals of the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition. 

As part of extra-curricular activities run by staff, six students travelled to Magdalen College School Oxford to take part in the regional round of the Oxford Schools’ Debating competition, run by the Oxford Union. Three teams of two from College took part in two debates where they had to argue alongside, and against, teams from a range of schools including Eton College, Marlborough College, D'Overbroeck's and The Abbey School.

The motions debated were 'This house believes' 1) Prostitution should be legalised and 2) Unpaid internships should be banned. The teams comprised of Aga Slusarska, previously at Mill Chase Academy and Lucy Bayliss, previously at Amery Hill School; Peter Baillie, previously at Amery Hill School and Sam Dando-Moore, previously at Eggar’s School; Kate Adler, previously at Weydon School and Alf Hamer, previously at Amery Hill School. 

With only 15 minutes from announcing the motion, to find the rooms and plan the arguments the students did a wonderful job staying calm, composed and putting together convincing arguments.

All three teams did exceptionally well and Alton A team (Aga and Lucy) have been selected to compete in the National Final on March 10th at the world-famous Oxford Union, this is a wonderful achievement.

Congratulation to Aga and Lucy, and to the other students who volunteered their time and their dedication to the Alton College Debating team.