The first half of the schools debating competitive season has ended, with the senior team repeating their achievements of last year by making it through to the quarter-final stage of the SACCEE competition.
“The boys were disappointed not to go further,” said Ms Sahasquita Northey, the teacher in charge, “but that result meant that we finished in the top eight out of over 200 schools who initially entered. To do that for two years in a row is an outstanding achievement.”
The results of the adjudication of individual speakers have not been released yet, Ms Northey said, so there’s a chance that some of the team members may receive further recognition.
There is no rest, not yet – two senior and one junior team will be competing in the Club Grill competition this weekend. It’s an intense three-day event in which they have to argue nine times in three days. After that, the UN Model debating competition gets going in September.
“It’s been a good year so far,” Ms Northey believes. “Our 2nd team and the juniors did well in the Athenian league last term and the seniors have been outstanding.”
Most importantly, the numbers have been growing – from one senior team to three senior and junior teams. “The boys are enjoying themselves and doing well,” Ms Northey believes. “Debating is alive and well at Jeppe.”