Debating Success

The past few weeks have seen remarkable success by the RGS Debaters in a number of national competitions. Last Saturday, we were victorious at the University of Birmingham Schools competition, and this follows on from RGS pairs being crowned Novice Champions at Cardiff as well as qualification for the EU Mock Council in London.

Forty-four teams from across the country took part in four rounds of debating in Birmingham on Saturday 4 November. The top four teams qualified for the final and, after several hard-fought debates, the RGS pair of Felix Haynes and Amber Warner-Warr found themselves in a final with Westminster School and two teams from St Paul’s Girls School in London. The motion was that this house would prefer to live in a world without the emotion of anger, with Amber and Felix in the position of introducing the debate. The panel of judges reached a unanimous position, placing Felix and Amber as winners. This was a superb achievement in a very fierce competition, not least from our own pairs, with three teams ending the day only one point behind Amber and Felix.

Success had also crowned our efforts at the University of Cardiff a couple of weeks before. RGS teams finished second, third and fourth behind Cardiff Sixth Form College, with Nadiath Choudhury top speaker, Gemma Collins second and Alex Edwards third and top novice speaker. Alec Berry and Harry Smith, setting aside Head Boy, rowing and Land Rover duties for one week, did an amazing job in their first senior competition, winning the Novice Final.

The next few weeks look to be equally busy. Six pairs are in action at the University of Warwick this weekend, while Felix and Amber will once again be debating together, having qualified for the EU Mock Council, only 30 schools succeeding from over eighty who entered. Representing the Czech Republic in the Mock Council meeting at the Law Society in London, they will be debating issues affecting the UK’s future relationship with the EU, EU Citizens’ Rights and the Erasmus+ Programme. We look forward to see if they can untangle this better than our own Brexit negotiators!

Miss Jane Waller, Head of Debating