Senior debates were held in October and it was great to see so much support on the floor from the rest of the school, ranging from Year seven up to Year thirteen. The motion ‘Fines should be proportional to income’ was proposed by Priestly and opposed by our speakers, Vikram Nagarajan and Hannah Bridle. Vikram’s speech in particular was confident and argued the case effectively and there were some good contributions from the floor, including Connie Halstead, Ben Fisher and Calum Dee. It was a tightly fought competition and we only lost by a few points.
The proposal for Junior Debates was to nominate a President for the UK. After much deliberation it was decided that Clarke House would argue in favour of Doctor Who. Ellie Scorah and Harry Manion bravely volunteered to speak for the house and write a speech highlighting why Doctor Who would make an outstanding President. On hand to assist were our enthusiastic Yr 12 debates captains, Melissa Cheetham, Kathryn Moses and Aamna Masuud who gave of their time generously to help the House. Harryand Ellie were third in line to speak on the day of the debate and had a long nervous wait. Ellie was first to propose the Doctor and spoke confidently and clearly, putting forward her arguments that time travel and regeneration would be useful for a President! Ellie had obviously spent a lot of time on her speech and was in my opinion the best speaker on the day. Harry had brought his prop (the cane from the first Doctor, William Hartnell) and even after losing the second page of his dialogue, was able to speak well and ensure that we completed the full time allowance. Both speakers were excellent and brought good, solid ideas and a little humour to the debate. Questions from the floor followed and these were dealt with well, which left me confident of a high placing. After the scores had been tallied we were a little disappointed to finish third, but very proud of the speakers. Many thanks to the Yr12 debates captains and also to all who came along to support and ask questions in the open floor debate.
Well done Harry and Ellie