Fifth Years take part in prestigious Oxford Schools' Debating competition
On Tuesday 26 February, four Fifth Year debaters took part in the prestigious Oxford Schools' Debating Championship.
The South Central region was the most heavily subscribed and competitive region, hosting teams such as Winchester and Eton. However, the St George's teams were undaunted and debated intelligently and fiercely across the two rounds, where the motions addressed the question of conscription and whether male and female categories should be made redundant for certain award ceremonies.
Working for the first time within the rigid parliamentary debating procedure, both St George's teams argued against the motion in the first round, but one team swapped sides and argued for the proposition in the second debate.
The debates were chaired by current Oxford University students who did an excellent job of encouraging and offering advice to individual students afterwards. As GCSE pupils, our group were amongst the youngest there and, despite failing to get through to Finals Day, their enthusiasm for debating remains unblemished. We wish them all the best for next year.
Roland Lawrence (English Teacher)12 March 2019