Posted: 4 February, 2019

Debating Round-up and Mock Trial News

Achievements, Arts, Debating, News, Senior School

Acing the Mace – 28 January 2019

Govhar and Sofia from Year 10 were triumphant in the second round of the prestigious ESU Mace Debating competition, seeing off three strong sixth-form teams to make it through to the Regional Finals.

Together they argued against the motion “This House believes no essential service should be run on a for-profit basis” on the grounds that big business means big tax – a tactic which, like for-profits, paid dividends. This is a remarkable achievement and we wish them luck for the next round which will see them compete with Harrow and St Pauls Girls.

31 January 

Putney goes Parliamentary

Putney took four teams to Dulwich College to compete in the first round of Oxford Schools’ Debating competition. In spite of some unlucky draws (e.g. having to argue in the closing faction for parents not medical professionals having control of decisions about a child’s health), the students debated superbly and held their own against some very suave Dulwich boys.

Putney Portias – Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 2 February a team made up of 14 girls from Years 10 and 11 took part in the Independent Schools Mock Trial competition.

The students had spent the last few months working hard preparing prosecution and defence cases for two criminal trials, each of them taking on the role of a barrister, witness, clerk or juror.

These cases were then tried against rival school teams at the Inner London Crown Courts in front of a real bewigged judge. The students did superbly, winning (both in the eyes of the jury and the competition judges) each of their three cases. In fact a judge said of one of their trials that it was best she had seen in a high standard year. The students missed out on the top spot play-off by a whisker and ended up coming third.

Brexit and Bus Passes at the London Junior Debating League

On Monday 4 February Putney hosted the second London Junior Debating League fixture on Monday night. Six students from Years 7 and 8 debated two motions – one on a second referendum and one on taking away free bus passes for the over 60s. The girls did well, winning their debate against Twyford and – after a heated adjudication – drawing with St Pauls Juniors.


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