Debating Matters Final
Joe Winter, Angus Brown, Georgina Newcombe, David Tipping, Graham Fox, John Hill (Teacher)
Held at the Museum of London from 1 st -3 rd July 2016. Hutton were national finalists last year and national champions in 2009/10. Hutton qualified as North West England and North Wales Regional Champions – one of 12 regional champions to qualify for the national finals.
Hutton drawn into “Group of Death” with Queens School, Bushey (twice past national winners) and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Faversham (three times successive national finalists). QEGS beat Queens in the first debate. In a very tightly contested debate, Joe and Georgina beat the team from Queens on the topic of the human genome before David and Graham dominated from start to finish against QEGS on the topic of scrapping the BBC TV licence.
Angus and Amy started strongly against Repton School from Derbyshire in the first semi-final on the topic of corporate sponsorship of the arts and were able to keep up the momentum throughout the debate in winning the judges over to set up the final debate against Magdalen College School from Oxford. David and Graham debated tirelessly with close attention to detail on the topic of freedom of speech on social media, but clever use of language and an ability to focus on their key points was enough for Magdalen to run out eventual winners on a 2-1 split decision from the judges. So Hutton finish as national runners-up and bring home a multitude of generous prizes including £1000 of educational text books for the school.
“I’m delighted that all 6 of our debaters had the opportunity to showcase their abilities this weekend unlike last year when 2 debaters returned home disappointed because they had not debated. I’m also extremely proud of our team who demonstrated an ability to compete at the highest level without ever being phased. This is a huge achievement and we’ll be back next year even more determined to win.” John Hill
“This was one of the scariest, but most rewarding experiences of my life.” Joe Winter
“This was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to have another go at the competition next year.” Angus Brown
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