The debating season is in full swing. Last week both Advanced teams debated with SHC#2 team having a good win over Epsom Girls’ Grammar. Unfortunately SHC#1 allowed Glendowie College to dictate the direction of the debate and were therefore defeated. Their moot was that this that would ban Donald Trump from entering New Zealand.
The Premier Junior team had their first debate and managed a win over Kristin College. They effectively negated the moot that prisoners should be able to raise their children whilst in jail. The Premier Junior team then went on, with the Premier Advanced, to compete in the Auckland Region Debate Championship over the week of 25th and 26th. This was a small taste of the elite for SHC#1 and they performed creditably coming away with one win over Baradene#1.
The Premier Advanced teams fared better: SHC#2 with a three win, one loss record and SHC#1 finishing in a creditable 5th place. Their performance was good enough to have Louis Addock selected for the Auckland team (photo is of Louis being congratulated by David Seymour – MP for Epsom and a former school debater; William Miller was highly commended. They were back in action again on Wednesday 5th with SHC#1 winning against Selwyn and SHC#2 beating St Dominic’s.
On Monday 27th it was the turn of the Junior teams. They debated the moot: This House would ban cats. The first team outclassed their opponents and proved that they are capable of footing it in the Premier grades in the future. Tyler Buysers set out their case beautifully making it easy for the rest of the team to dominate. SHC#2 also had a specta
cular win while SHC#3 were not so happy with the adjudication.
On Tuesday 28th the senior teams competed. They had an advised topic: part time jobs. Both SHC#1 & 3 won by default which is disappointing. SHC#2 had a very strong win against St Kents 4.