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The new year got off to a great start for the Trent Debating Society at the regional round of the Oxford Union's Schools Debating Competition at St Paul’s Girls’ School in Birmingham.
Ten Trent debaters from Years 10-13 attended the competition and were thrilled to be reunited with Old Tridents Joe Sisson & Fin Willits. Joe (left 2017) is studying PPE at St John’s College, Oxford and Fin (also left 2017) studies History at Somerville. Both have gained places in Oxford University’s upper intermediate debating squad and are organising schools debating competitions all around the country. The two OTs were instrumental in making our debating society the success it is today and have been excellent role models for the students currently following in their footsteps. Both are also gaining credibility as judges and we are hoping to see them at competitions in the near future.
As well as a very friendly reunion, the students took part in two tough rounds of debating, the first on the banning of private schools and the second on the legalisation of drugs. Both rounds were hard fought and, with so few going through to the finals day, there was great excitement when it was announced that Al Jeffery and Callum Henderson from Year 13 had both qualified for the prestigious Oxford Union competition held next month.
The Debating Society meets every Wednesday lunchtime and is now becoming so popular there is standing room only at some debates. They have been dedicated in their preparation for forthcoming competitions at Nottingham on Saturday 10 February, Sheffield the following weekend and, the highlight of the debating calendar, the Durham residential competition just before Easter. We will also be attending an U16 debating competition organised by Oxford University after half term.