Last Wednesday two teams from d’Overbroeck’s debating society, Alice & Eanna, and Anna-Maria and Julia, competed alongside 63 other teams in the regional round of the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition, hosted at Magdalen College School. The competition is in ‘British Parliamentary’ style and every team participates in two debates, with only 15 minutes and no internet to prepare.
The motions were: “This House Would ban violent video games”, and, “This House Would arm all policeman with guns”.
Both pairs had to display great teamwork and formulate clear, structured arguments corresponding with their position in the debate. After a great performance from everyone, we were left in anticipation as the judges deliberated which 9 teams were to go through to the Finals Day, to be held on 9 March at the Oxford Union. Finally, it was announced that Alice and Eanna had made it through!!
Write-up by Alice and Eanna
This is the first time d’Overbroeck’s have ever got to this stage in the competition. Both teams put in a great performance and special congratulations to Alice and Eanna and best of luck in the next round.