This week has been exceptionally busy one for the Debating Society. Open Day saw three debates take place with the Year Nine and Ten debaters exploring the idea of banning supermarket offers on unhealthy foods, and the Upper Sixth, followed by the Year Eleven and Lower Sixth, exploring whether we should abolish the television licence fee. We were lucky enough to be supported in these sessions by our sponsors, Thursfields, who were even happy to chair one of the debates.
On Monday night, the Upper Sixth were in action again with the annual Turner Cup against Bromsgrove, Malvern St James and King’s. As usual, this was a fiercely competitive set of debates across four tables with 32 debaters in total in action. The motion that ‘This house would end all funding for the arts until everyone is above the poverty line’ was hotly argued on all sides. Just pulling ahead of the other schools, RGS Worcester was able to retain the Cup, with excellent wins on their table for President Nick Humphries and Toby Messervy-Whiting, and for Ollie Lord and Freya Poel in their first competition debate together.
Still full of the fire of rhetoric and argument, eight senior debaters took to the floor on Wednesday during Sixth Form Enrichment. In the august surroundings of Perrins Hall, the motion that we should permit the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports was discussed, with contributions from an audience made up of the rest of the Upper Sixth. Although the motion was eventually defeated, strong arguments from both sides meant that a number of the Upper Sixth were persuaded to change their mind during the course of the debate.
The final debates of the week took place on Thursday lunchtime in our usual training sessions with around forty debaters, across four tables, exploring the issue of making childhood vaccinations compulsory. Nadiath Choudhury and Jane Thurgood in Year Eleven have also been starting to prepare for the Final of the regional Taylor Trophy, exploring the idea of whether we should build HS2 – we wish them luck for this. We would also like to extend our good wishes to Joey Dottore in the Lower Sixth who is attending the World School Trials for the England Debating Team over half term. Joey took part in the English Speaking Union’s Debate Academy this summer and, once again, we are indebted to our sponsors at Thursfields for their help with this.
It has, therefore, been a week of much debating across a very wide range of topics! You could, of course, have followed many of these debates through our live Twitter feed (@RGSWDebating) – you can follow us when we set off after half term for the competitions at Birmingham and Warwick Universities!
Miss Jane Waller – Head of Debating