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Mace debating competition victory for TGS Team

On Thursday 18 November the TGS Debating Society had victory in their first attempt at the English-Speaking Union’s Mace Debating Competition, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools. 

Speaking against Sevenoaks School, Year 11 students Elo, Anna and Holly opposed the motion “This House Believes that artists have a moral obligation to be political in their work”. 

The team had been preparing for their debate for the last four weeks and honed their nuanced arguments with their teammates Ellen (Year 11) and Izzy (Year 12). 

On the night, they delivered compelling arguments on the superficiality of political art and the importance of non-political artistic movements. During the debate they offered and accepted ‘Points of Information’ – impromptu questions to put opposing teams on the spot. 

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and Tonbridge School debated the motion “This House Believes that fathers should be forced to take paternity leave”. Isabel and Ellen quizzed both teams on their arguments from the audience. 

The judges from the ESU commended the team’s excellent engagement and were especially impressed with their extensive rebuttal of other teams. 

Holly, who was debating in her first competition, said “the high-pressure atmosphere was exhilarating and enjoyable. It was like a performance” 

Isabel, who was commended for her involvement in the floor debate, said “I loved the preparation as much as the event itself. We’re so excited for the next round!” 

Their Debating Coach, Mr Noel, said “I’m so proud of the team. They’ve come a long way since the start of the year and I think they have the chance to go a long way in this and other competitions. 

The team of five will go through to the next round of the competition against other victorious schools. 

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