Debating: St Swithun's v Winchester College

Girls from St Swithun's challenged their counterparts at Winchester College to a debate in May, hosted at St Swithun's.

Picked to reflect current issues that were relevant for a young person's education in the modern day world, the teams debated the motions ‘This house believes that the internet is a force for good’ and ‘This house believes that experience is more valuable than book learning.

In both debates, St. Swithun's formed the proposition with Winchester College providing the opposition and the debates were conducted under the rules of MACE debating.

With a passionate and slightly partisan floor, made up mostly of St Swithun's pupils, Winchester College stood firm to win the first debate by the narrow margin of four points. Nothing could separate the teams in the second debate which resulted in a draw.

Debating has seen a resurgence in popularity at St Swithun's this year, with the school running a weekly debating club, and debating is a key part in the English curriculum. A return debate at Winchester College is already being planned and a regular series of Year 9 debates may also incorporate mixed teams with the College, although the sense of friendly rivalry certainly added spice to this event.


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