Truro School students, Hettie and Ella, travelled up to King’s College Taunton last night, to represent the School in the South West finals of the English Speaking Union Mace Debating Competition, having won a tough first two rounds to secure their place.
Our girls were competing against St Mary’s Calne, opposing the motion ‘This house would require all police officers to wear body cameras whilst on active duty’, and were praised by the judges for their excellent research and the powerful, responsive delivery of their ideas. We were very proud of the courteous and eloquent way in which they handled tough questions from the Proposition and the Floor: it was great to see them pitch their wits, and to be really tested by the high standard of discussion offered by the excellent team that eventually won the competition – St Mary’s.
It was an exciting, challenging evening, with teams from King’s College, Taunton School, Redmaids’ High School and Bishop Wordsworth’s debating at a remarkably high level on topics such as the legalisation of paid surrogacy and the implementation a 70% tax on incomes over £5m. Other members of our Senior Debating Society came along to offer their support, and also gaining valuable experience and insight to bring to future competitions.