Last Friday evening, d’Overbroeck’s hosted the Mid-South Regional final of the English Speaking Union Mace Schools’ Debating Competition.
Here was the programme for the evening, from which you can see that the competition was really tough. Only one team would win the trophy, to go through to the National Finals:
Motions and Positions
This house would implement an upper rate of income tax of 70% on incomes over £5m.
Proposition: d’Overbroeck’s | Opposition: Collingwood College
This house would require all police officers to wear body cameras whilst on active duty
Proposition: Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School | Opposition: Wellington College
This house would legalise paid surrogacy in the UK
Propositoin: Cheny School | Opposition: Eton College
Our two debaters, Alice and Anna-Maria (above with Chair, Grace), had the tricky and nerve-wracking job of being in the first debate, but made a cogent, passionate, well-argued, and occasionally humorous case for increasing income tax for the super-rich. Name-checking the rising star of American Democratic Socialism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Wilkinson and Pickett’s ‘The Spirit Level – Why Equality is Better for Everyone’, they more than held their own against tough opponents in Collingwood College. The quality of debating across all 3 debates was excellent, as you would expect at this stage of this prestigious competition. In fact, if you get this far in the ESU competition, it turns out that you are entitled to put yourself forward for trials in the national schools’ debating team. Special mentions have to be made also to Wellington College, whose team, incredibly, were still in Year 10, and to Katie and Aditi from Cheney, who were undaunted by facing Eton in the final debate and gave them a good run for their money. The eventual winners, in a close contest, were indeed Eton, but huge congratulations to Anna-Maria and Alice for the amazing achievement of getting to the Regional Final. Huge thanks also to Grace, for stepping up to the plate and Chairing all the debates, with great style and, er, grace.
PS: The d’Overbroeck’s debating train doesn’t stop here, as this Saturday 9th March, Alice and Eanna will be representing us at the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition, in the prestigious surrounds of the Oxford Union. Again, this is a huge achievement for them to have made it to the national finals’ day. Good Luck!