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TGS Debating Society secures prestigious spots in Oxford and Cambridge University schools debating finals

Tonbridge Grammar School's debating prowess has once again been demonstrated as its teams secured coveted positions in the finals of both the Oxford and Cambridge University schools debating tournaments.

At the Oxford South East qualifying round hosted by Sevenoaks School on 29 January, Tonbridge Grammar School proudly fielded the teams of Hasini and Hana, Tanuri and Srija, Zohha and Tilly (all Year 12) as well as Holly and Ellen (Year 13). These debaters tackled thought-provoking motions such as "this house believes that welfare benefits for families should be conditional on girls' attendance in school” and "this house would impose salary caps on professional sports teams." Among the competing schools from across the South East, Holly and Ellen emerged triumphant, securing one of the six coveted spots to advance to the finals day in March.

Similarly, at the Cambridge South East qualifying round held at Maidstone Grammar School on 3 February, Tonbridge Grammar School's debaters showcased their exceptional skills yet again. The teams of Hasini and Hana, Cerys and Sophia, Zohha and Tilly, and Maddy and Alice engaged in spirited debates on motions such as "this house prefers a world without extreme emotions" and "this house regrets the rise in influence marketing." Notably, Zohha and Tilly demonstrated outstanding consistency by clinching three consecutive first-place finishes. Of the four schools progressing to Oxford for the national final, both Zohha and Tilly and Cerys and Sophia took two spots, marking a phenomenal achievement for Tonbridge Grammar School.

The Oxford and Cambridge University schools debating tournaments are the toughest competitions in the world and their regional rounds are incredibly competitive. Tonbridge Grammar School's success in securing spots in these prestigious finals underscores the dedication, skill, and determination of its debaters.