High School Team Wins District Debate
A team from Stamford High School won the first district round of the prestigious English-Speaking Union (ESU) Schools Mace debating competition, with the Stamford School team coming second.
The Schools Mace is the oldest national debating competition in the UK, and has been encouraging discussion of controversial topics and current affairs since 1957. The High School beat fierce competition from Oakham School and Uppingham School to progress to the next round of the tournament.
The victorious Stamford High School team of Y13 students Beth Cameron and Rebecca Burnley were opposing the motion ‘This House would introduce compulsory post-mortem organ donation.’ The judges commented on the excellent performance of the girls, who were a real credit to the school. Their speeches were very eloquent, lucid and well-argued, with some very knowledgeable evidence from philosophy and medicine - Beth argued the ethical side and Rebecca argued on the medical side.
Isla Matthews, English Teacher at Stamford High School, commented: “I was extremely pleased with how they had worked on and improved their speeches over the two rehearsals we had. They were a very well-tuned team, and also were very quick thinking indeed when making points of information. These two girls are very impressive students and the judge said as much to me afterwards. I am looking forward to taking the girls to the next round in the spring term.”
The Stamford School team, consisting of Johannes Kangur and Douglas Tawn (both Y13), were opposing the motion “This House would hold parents responsible for their children’s crimes.” The team will also progress to the next round of the competition.
Principal Stephen Roberts added: “Well done to both of the teams on their success and particularly to the girls on their victory.”