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Debating Successes Continue

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On Wednesday 5th October 2016 Hutton Sixth Form hosted the Lancashire Regional Heat of the national Debating Matters competition.  After finishing national runners-up last year and national finalists the year before, the pressure was on to perform strongly again this year. A tough draw saw us pitted against Bolton School Girls’ Division, Stockport Grammar School and Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS).

In front of a cosy audience, Joe Winter and Angus Brown were first to debate against BRGS in support of the motion that political parties are bad for democracy. A strong performance from start to finish along with excellent research and preparation saw Joe and Angus through.

In the other match, Bolton withdrew allowing Stockport straight through to the final debate against Hutton on the sharing of medical data being a threat to privacy. Amy Sansom and Georgina Newcombe started cautiously in the final and were quickly forced on to the back foot by Stockport’s debaters. However, as the debate progressed Georgina and Amy gained in confidence and persistently stuck to their points and were disciplined in sticking to the motion. The debate ended with no clear winners and the judges were clearly split. After a long deliberation, they decided to award the win to Hutton on a 2-1 split decision.

So Hutton are through to the Regional Final in the Spring Term where we hope to win again and make it through to three successive National Finals. However, Stockport pushed us all the way and showed that we have to improve in the next round.

A big thank you to all of those students and colleagues who came to watch, support and help prepare and organise the Regional Heat.

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