Our Senior Debating Society is celebrating another first after reaching the regional finals of the English-Speaking Union competition.
A team of Nicholas, Simon and Daniel were successful in the second round of the competition last week when they defeated Brighton College.
In the debate, Worth was the government arguing the following motion: This house would ban countries with poor human rights records from hosting sporting events. This was a difficult motion to debate and our team worked hard with the Society in preparation, refining and revisiting their argument.
The hard work paid off as the team was able to convincingly beat the opposition, delivering coherent and convincing points, and challenging the opposition with points of order. The English-Speaking Union competition requires the first two speakers to prepare seven-minute speeches that fully explore the motion and the summary (whip) speaker must then speak for five minutes to provide the final rebuttal and summarise the argument on the floor. Our team is to be congratulated for executing all of their roles admirably.
This is the first time Worth has reached the regional finals of this competition since the Debating Society was re-introduced a few years ago and continues a run of successes which includes winning a national competition last year, the Ethics Cup.
Among the benefits of joining the Debating Society at Worth are learning presentation skills through effective speech composition and delivery, structure and organising thoughts, improving critical thinking, listening, teamwork and improving confidence.
Congratulations to all involved.