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OPs vs. School Debating Lunch

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OPs vs. School Debating Lunch


Saturday 4th May 2019 saw the inaugural Old Peterites (OPs) vs. The School debate taking place. The motion was ‘This House would be a teenager forever’ with the debate in a three vs. three St Peter’s style.

The Old Peterites were represented by Gabriella Naismith (School House 2011) and Benedict Turvill (Clifton 2015) opposing the motion, with the summary given by Ellie Binks (The Rise 2011) three former Debating Society Presidents who returned to School to challenge the Upper Sixth pupils.

The Upper Sixth pupils did a good job of putting forward their argument and trying to persuade the judges that being a teenager forever would be no bad thing. The School team was led by current Debating Society President Ewan Henworth followed by members of the U6 Debating Commitee David Lyon and Alex Busuioc (also Captain of Competitive Debating) giving the summary for the School side.

The debate was judged by Joey Dottore, Presdient University of York Debating Society and pupils, Hugh Whitworth and Amanda Paul. The judges voted unanimously in favour of the Old Peterites, who had ‘age and wisdom’ on their side to craft a strong argument that it was tricky for the Upper Sixth to beat- despite their best efforts.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining debate which we hope will become a regular feature in the OP calendar.