debaters through to regional final of Schools’ Mace Competition

Tuesday February 12, 2019

It may be the oldest and largest debating competition for schools in England, but it is not hard to see why the challenge appeals to two Concord students. For Tom Van and Leah who are both in their final year at Concord, are through to the regional final of the English-Speaking Union’s Schools’ Mace at the end of the month. Success in the regional final, at Repton School, would put Tom and Leah into the national in late March. The pair will be competing against five other teams and only one will get through to the national final.  They will be opposing the motion ‘This house would require all police officers to wear body cameras whilst on active duty’ and their opponents will be Repton School. In their latest round they proposed the motion ‘This house would make all essential services non-profit.’ Five teams competed and Concord were one of three teams to make it through to the regional final. Said Mrs. Robyn Wear, who teaches English and runs SpeakSoc, Concord’s debating and public speaking society: “Tom and Leah have been involved with debating since they started at Concord and have gone from strength to strength. “Their debating demonstrated a level of maturity and depth of understanding that would be considered impressive in an adult and I am incredibly proud of how much they have achieved.” She added: “Working in teams of two, students enhance their speech writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school.”