The Angmering School Debating Club
The Angmering Debating Society was founded by Mrs Sykes in 2011 and is currently run by Mrs Thompson (Publicity and External Trips Organiser) and Mrs Sykes Competition Liaison and Internal Debates Organiser). Mrs Moe and Mrs Lumsdon.
The founder members are Arran Collis, Dylan Crowley and Flynn Hickey. The motto below expresses our vision for this group.
Scientia Vincemus (Latin: Through knowledge we will conquer)
Debate Club meets in E11 every Tuesday lunchtime at 1.35.
We aim to create a team that works together to debate a range of issues. Students who are part of the team and participate in the competitions develop their knowledge of controversial issues and world affairs, while enhancing their speech writing, public speaking and analytical thinking skills. Debate Club also aims to help develop confidence and a sense of team spirit.
Former winners of some of the competitions we have entered have gone on to become MPs, well-known journalists, senior lawyers, prominent scientists and captains of industry.
There are a range of roles that are vital to the success of the team:
- The role of the Chairperson is to introduce the Speakers and his or her topic, call on the opposition and the audience members to put questions and to summarise the overall presentation as part of his or her conclusion.
- The role of the Speaker is to prepare well-researched and persuasive speeches. Also to ask and respond to probing questions with a view eliciting more information from the opposing team and expand the discussion as a whole.
- The role of the Researcher is to sift through fact and opinion and help construct a powerful arguments.
In preparation for competitions, friendly debates should give all an opportunity to take on a range of roles.
A summary from one of our leading members:
“Debating is an amazing skill to learn, an incredibly enjoyable experience and a chance to develop key thinking and public speaking skills. Frequent in-school debates and external competitions allow students to debate on all levels, on issues from boxing being compulsory in school to all women should be given weapons and banning Animal testing. Debating is open to everyone and anyone can suggest a motion, so come along on Tuesday lunchtimes to E11 and get involved.”