On the evening of 19th November our senior and middle school level College debating teams gathered at St Anselm’s College for the second of our annual Debating Competitions. It happened to coincide with the Johnson and Corbyn TV debate, I know which clash of ideas I preferred being witness to and it wasn’t the televised one!
We enjoyed a fantastic evening of passionate, eloquent and insightful debates from all the teams present; St Joseph’s College, St Ambrose College and St Anselm’s College.
Our topics ranged from the imposition of severe penalties to deter crime, through to the regulation of social media and an outright banning of single-use plastics. In the senior debate, first round the results were extremely close with St Joseph’s losing by just one point to St Ambrose. Considering this was the St Joseph’s team’s first competition they performed outstandingly and were defeated by a very experienced opposition.
The winners then went on to debate against the host team. Another well-fought and argued debate was heard with some excellent fielding of questions to follow. Congratulations go to Devan, Noa and Zak who made up the St Anselm’s team who were the overall winners of the senior competition.
At middle school level both St Anselm’s and St Ambrose debated twice, on compulsory voting and single use plastics, the teams were so evenly matched that when scores were tallied up at the end of both debates that the result was a dead heat. Both teams were awarded cups and winners prizes.
Our thanks go out staff who prepared and accompanied their teams and to St Anselm’s College for hosting, in particular Mr Brian Dowse for his organisation.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.