Debating: ESU Round Two

Truro School played host to the second round of the prestigious ESU Mace Schools’ Debating Competition this week.


In an exciting and closely contested round, students from four schools across the South West were scheduled to trade arguments and points of information on topics as diverse as what constitutes value in Art and whether those with a record of violence should be allowed to stand for election. The event’s adjudicators were Mr Pete Doughton (ESU) and Dr David Colley (Truro College).


Despite speaking with great eloquence and conviction, Truro School’s pairing of Connor Donnithorne and Megan Hodges were unlucky to be squeezed into the runners-up position by Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. An indication of the strength in depth that the Truro Squad contains was illustrated when Oliver Holdsworth and Jack Harvey stepped in at the last minute to provide highly credible opposition when one of the visiting schools dropped out.


Megan and another senior debater, Nini Gigani, represent the school next week in the area final of the Cambridge Union Competition.


Picture: Oliver, Megan, Connor and Jack.


Iain MacDonald

Teacher of English