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Virtual Debating

St Peter's School

Virtual Debating

Debating Zoom

The St Peter’s School Debating Society has continued to meet during lockdown, with virtual debates every Tuesday evening via Zoom.  

The first debate was held on Tuesday 21 April with the motion ‘THB that lockdown is doing more harm than good’ followed by ‘THB that the expanded powers of the government in times of National Emergency are not justified’ on Tuesday 28 April. These motions heard discussion about the economy, politics, science and sociological aspects of the current situation in which we currently find ourselves. Both motions were won by the Opposition. 

The third debate was held on Tuesday 5 May. Having moved away from the lockdown motions, the Debating Society decided to tackle technology – still very apt, considering our dependency on technology during this time. The motion was ‘THW make tech companies hand over users’ personal data to law enforcement agencies if requested to do so’. This led to a variety of issues, with the main ‘points of clash’ being which side would have better law enforcement and whether collective safety or individual privacy would be most important. This week the Proposition won.  

Mrs Lunardi, who coordinates the Debating Society, said: ‘It has been fantastic to see the pupils debating such important motions via Zoom. The discussions have been rich, varied and thought-provoking as always, and it is fascinating to hear the different perspectives of our pupils as they develop their debating skills.’ 

If any pupils would like to take part in the debates, as a spectator or speaker, please contact Mrs Lunardi. 

Find out more about the Debating Society.