Manchester University Schools Debating Competition, Feb 2020
Entering seven teams this year, Urmston Grammar had a great day of competition against some of the best debaters in the country. Debating motions as diverse as Fan Ownership of Premier League Clubs, Outlawing Private Military Contractors, Media Intrusion on the Lives of Politicians, Maximising the Potential of Child Prodigies, and Legalising Gangs in South America; there was a lot thrown at our teams. It was a very challenging as well as rewarding, if long, day of debating.
Our Year 13 Team of Catalina David and Evan Renforth, as well as Year 12 Teams of Eleanor Johnson & Joshua Cunningham, Oliver Pagan & Adam Ali, George Townson & Jack Hunter, and Tanaya Khisty & Lottie Heslop all managed to achieve a raft of 1st and 2nd positions in debates against very challenging opposition. Our Year 10 teams of Matthew Ingham & Jess Lucas and Niall Whelan & Alexander Oliva also held their own against what was mainly a Year 12 and Year 13 field of competitors, with both teams managing to achieve 1st places in debates.
“Sadly, an Urmston Grammar team didn’t succeed in making the final four teams, but we put in so many strong performances: our teams have a lot to be proud of!” says English teacher and debate coordinator, Mr Ahern.
Oxford University Schools Debating Competition – Wednesday 5th February 2020
This was a great achievement for Urmston Grammar – getting two teams into the finals of one of the most prestigious school debating competitions in the country: The Oxford University Schools’ Competition. Commonly known as Oxford Schools’, the Oxford Union Society’s annual schools’ competition is the largest British Parliamentary school-level debating competition in the world. Over a thousand students participate every year. The best teams in the competition compete in Finals Day, held at the historic Oxford Union.
Sixth Form teams of George Townson & Jack Hunter, Eleanor Johnson & Katie Heggs, Catalina David & Akhila Bose, and Chris Dodd & Joshua Cunningham all competed in the Regional Round at Manchester Grammar School. Whilst all teams put in an impressive performance, the teams of George Townson & Jack Hunter, Eleanor Johnson & Katie Heggs, from Year 12, managed to better their opponents over two rounds, debating issues such as decriminalising drugs and regulating the content of media companies.
Finals day will be on the 14th of March.