Well done to our team of 8 students who competed in 2 rounds of the most prestigious schools and colleges debating competition in the country, The Oxford Union on Wednesday afternoon.
Ben Smith, Dan Moody, Emily Williams, Rebeka Wittich, Imogen Radford, Hannah Schanz, Amelie Harrison-Hand and Marcy Wojdak had no prior knowledge of the topics to be debated and spoke confidently in the motions that ‘Voting Should be Compulsory’ and that we should ‘Prohibit The Use of Images of Suffering in Charity Campaigns’.
In the second debate Amelie and Marcy earned high praise from the judges with their strong counter arguments, imagery and rhetoric.
Phil Hadley, teacher of Sociology and Politics who leads the College’s Debating Club, said: “Although the team were disappointed not to advance to the next round, they should be very proud of their efforts. The students have only been part of the Debating Society for 6 months yet have already competed admirably at the highest level against some very experienced schools and colleges.”
The team are looking forward to the opportunity to be even more successful at the next Oxford Union Competition in 2023.