Debating

There are two debating clubs at More House School - Junior and Senior.

Meeting venue:  Library / English room L37

Time:  Tuesday lunchtime / Wednesday 4pm

 

The juniors meet in the library each Tuesday, at lunchtime. There are girls are from years 7 and 8 as they are involved in the actual debating challenge. Years 9 and 10 help the group research the motions. Lower Sixth girls are particularly helpful in advising and guiding the club and  also act as judges on competition night. Each week there is a topic to research and plan in preparation for an inter-school debate in the London Junior Debating League. Recent topics that girls have prepared for are: a third runway at Heathrow, a tax on sugar and abolition of school uniform. Girls not only prepare their own speeches but help research the issue for all the team.

Years 9 and 10 have a chance to debate later on the year against other West London schools.

Senior debating club: Wednesday after school. The Upper Sixth are involved in the national competition ‘Debating Matters#. This competition has both local and regional heats. Debates normally take place at UCL. The format is more presentational and the girls meet to research, plan and draft five minute speeches on a particular topic. Recent topics have included: genetic screening, minimum pricing for alcohol and the use and abuse of smart drugs. The judges for this competition are drawn from industry which makes the event a real challenge but a very rewarding one.

All those taking parting debating have the chance to come trips to Intelligence Squared as well as meeting up to view and discuss TED talks.

It is a lively and informative club which is also great fun and it is open to all girls.