We started the new season with the usual AGM and elections to the committee. There was a good turn out and members old and new elected Mr R Aston as our President this year. Mr Neil Harrison takes the position of Vice President. Our Sergeants at arms are: Mr David Aston, Mr Richard Girvan and Mr Andrew Leemon. Other committee members elected were: Ms Jane Acheson, Ms Karen Aston and Ms Kim Boyd. We also appointed Captains to assist with House debating. This year those elected to these important posts were as follows:
Armstrong --- Ms Jane Acheson
Beresford --- Mr Neil Harrison
D’Arcy --- Mr Robert Aston
Rokesby --- Mr David Aston
The meeting also decided on a series of motions for the autumn season.
The first debate saw the society discuss whether schools should teach their students about all the main religions. Mr Neil Harrison and Mr David Aston suggested that to do otherwise is anti education and racist! Ms Karen Aston and Mr Christian defended ably but were defeated by the ‘elder statesmen’ of the society. Monday 13th Oct saw some more of the committee take on the equally serious topic of the start of all things:
This House believes that the BIG BANG really happened.
The proposition, Mr Robert Aston and Mr Tomas Crowe, took on opposition in the persons of Mr Richard Girvan and Mr A Leemon. This was an extremely good debate as might be expected from speakers who have in the past contested for the JDS Cup! In the end the decision was close but the opposition won the day.
We were now looking forward to hearing some members who were not yet regular speakers. The next motion:
This House believes that adverts are … brain-washing us!
As this debate took place after the Halloween holiday, members of the House had PLENTY of time to test this one out!
Christmas saw us taking part in the now seasonal ‘Bun and Fun Day’. Members helped in a variety of ways: manning the stall in concourse, ‘encouraging’ people to have a go at the ‘Guess the number’ game. Our Christmas Balloon Debate was equally successful. In the end the House voted to save Santa.
January is the time for the Junior House Colours Debate when members can add to the points score of their house. This year we debated
New Year resolutions are a good thing and
School holidays are too long
In the end the result was close, with Mr Robert Aston and Ms Georgia Weir of Beresford as the winners.
Open Night was another highlight. 27th Jan 09 saw members of the society in our ‘home base’ AV1 from 7.30pm onwards. Ably chaired by Mr Aston, they debated away with visitors coming and going. All who attended or looked in thoroughly enjoyed the lively discussion.
This house believes that it’s good to talk.
Open Night programme
1. This House believes that the ‘Great’ in Great Britain is caused by obesity.
2. This House believes that single sex schools are better than mixed ones.
This is also the start of the annual Junior Debating Society Cup Competition. Twelve teams of debaters signed up to fight it out for the prestigious cup which is presented to the winning pair on Speech Night.
During the course of the competition, teams debated such motions as:
Recycling is a waste of time and money.
It is better to be rich than happy.
Campaigners are never justified in using violence.
School trips are the best sort of education.
The final rounds were both tense and close fought. However, in June the judges gave the final debate to the Year 10 partnership of Aston and Leemon. Congratulations!
We are looking forward to another year and collecting lots of ideas for new topics. If you have any ideas on up to the minute issues, why not come along to Junior Debating? Sharpen your wits and add to the debate.