the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
EHS Hosts ESU Debating Competition
05 December 2014
On Wednesday 3 December, EHS hosted the first round of the English Speaking Union Mace Debate, a competition which aims to encourage students to nurture diverse and valuable public speaking talents.
The Senior School Library was the perfect setting for our debaters to perform their speeches to an excited and vibrant audience. Two fantastic debates were held during the course of the evening, all superbly presented by our Chairperson Sumandeep Kailey in Year 13.
First of all, Old Swinford Hospital School battled it out with King Edward's School, arguing the motion "This house would introduce a one hundred percent Inheritance Tax". It was a controversial topic and a number of interesting arguments were contested. Secondly, our sixth formers Abigail England Kerr and Vinisha Katamaneni proposed the motion "This house would require the NHS to Fund Alternative Medical Treatments (e.g. homeopathy) that whilst safe, have not been proven to confer medical benefits above placebo". This was again a hotly contested debate and both teams performed with confidence.
After a very tense wait, and some wonderful EHS refreshments of coffee and cake, the judges returned with their verdict. This round was judged by Andrew Green, a representative from the English Speaking Union and Lucie French, a Barrister at St Philip's Chambers in Birmingham. Unfortunately, our girls did not get through to the next round but it was a very close result and a very valuable experience of performing speeches to an audience.
Many thanks must go to the judges as well as Mrs Sansom and the Library team, Mrs Cartwright and the Catering Team and the Time Keepers on the evening, Florence Mooney and Molly Leyland, without whom the event would not have been possible.