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This academic year has been an unquestionably successful one for the Debating Society, as debating becomes an increasingly prevalent and relevant part of school life at Hymers. This has also been a year of high merit for the society, with teams progressing to the finals of several prestigious national competitions.
On Wednesday nights, training sessions are run to teach and develop students’ debating skills. In some sessions
a particular skill is focused on and then applied in a debate, and in others we begin immediately with a debate. This year, the profile of the debating society has grown dramatically, with dozens more students taking the opportunity to develop the intrinsically valuable
skill of debating on Wednesday nights. Wednesday
night sessions are a fantastic opportunity, and I would urge anybody to attend - regardless of year group or experience. The fundamental skills of debating, such as ability to analyse an argument, thinking on one’s feet and teamwork are highly transferable skills, which will be of tremendous help in all aspects of school, and adult life.
In addition to the significant rise in attendance of Wednesday night sessions, Thursday lunchtime debates, which are open to all to watch, have been continuing strongly. A variety of motions have been debated, from ‘This House Believes that the Kardashians are good role models’ to our Christmas debate motion, ‘This House Would rather be naughty than nice’. Nearly two hundred students attended the Christmas debate to watch the showdown between Mr Prescott and Mr Murray, with the proposition winning with an overwhelming majority. Thursday lunchtime debates are both entertaining and thought provoking, and can often become extremely lively and involved. The overwhelming attendance
of these debates illustrates the shift in the perception
of debating, and certainly corroborates the fact that debating still has a place in modern day society, where there is definitely a constant need for people to critically and perceptively evaluate an idea or argument.
As well as the marked presence of the debating society within school, the Hymers College Debating Society has also been a great presence in national debating competitions.
This year, Pranav Madhusudhana and Daanish Sonawala progressed through to the finals of the
English Speaking Union Mace Competition, and the Cambridge University Schools’ Debating Competition. These are outstanding achievements, with Pranav and Daanish having to debate their way through challenging regional rounds to make it to the finals. I would like
to congratulate Pranav and Daanish on their success, which truly is the pinnacle of a highly successful year for the Debating Society.
Amelia Simmons, Year 10

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