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On 1 December, the School’s debating team took part in a qualifying round of the national “Debating Matters” competition, held at Richmond upon Thames College. Launched in 2003, the competition aims to present schools with an innovative and engaging approach to debating.
In the first round, St John’s debated against Southborough School. The team of Ben Whybrow and Sam Thornton did a fabulous job of arguing against the motion “unhealthy lifestyles are not the business of government” and came out convincing winners.
In the final, the School debated against Richmond Upon Thames College. Will Genzel and Angus King argued against the motion “we should be willing to compromise our privacy in the interests of national and international security”. Richmond fielded very capable opponents. St Johns, however, once again won the round.
The judges put all teams under immense pressure during the competition's unique cross examination section. They commended the synergy of Angus and Will, referring to them as “laser beams”. Will also won the “Best Speaker of the Night” award. The judges were very complimentary and the modest confidence of the St John’s boys stood out.
St John’s will next compete in the regional finals of the competition, which will take place in the spring of 2015.
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