Over the weekend (Sat 26 to Sun 27), 16 students from Year 10 to Year 12 represented the school at the prestigious Durham University Senior Debating Competition. The teams were:
- Keshav and Francisco HABS KKFC
- Alex and Fola HABS ALFO
- James and Shivam HABS JCSP
- Rajarshi and William HABS RMWM
- Anant and Zuhair HABS APZH
- Oscar and Zakariya HABS OCZT
- Zakariya U and Mofe HABS ZUMA
- Yonal and Dhilan HABS YPDM
All teams did very well in the preliminary debates, with each one managing a win, and grappling with some tough motions. The 5th motion of the day read: “In a post-pandemic world, THP a world where individuals exclusively work from home rather than exclusively work in person” a motion with plenty to say on both sides.
With some stiff opposition, it was fantastic to see two of our teams manage to break to the quarterfinals. A massive congratulations to Keshav & Francisco and Alex & Fola. Well done on Alex & Fola who then managed to make it through to the competition’s Grand Final, meaning that they took part in eight gruelling debates over two days; and what a final it was! It was never going to be easy winning, “THW prefer a religion which preaches that one's fate in the material world is predetermined rather than one which preaches that choices influence it” from CG but their extension of a belief in predeterminism giving rise to more empathy and understanding for those who are often most marginalised was really strong and they were worthy runners up.
A big congratulations to everyone who took part.