The debaters are making a good argument

The junior debating team that came 2nd in the Athenium League: From left – Ewan Dawkins, Ushdiar Singh, Pile Langa, Dylan Steenberg.

Jeppe’s senior and junior debating teams have had a busy time of it recently and the year is not over for them.

The senior 1st team will compete in the Plate Cup knockout rounds of the SACCEE competition at St David’s on August 3rd. The team completed 6 regional debates, winning 3 and losing 3. After six rounds the team finished 9th in the central region and was thus invited, as part of the top 10 teams of the respective region, to the Gauteng Provincial rounds. 

In the subsequent Provincial Championship rounds the boys performed better against the very best the province has to offer; winning 4 out 6 rounds. This resulted in the ranking as the 16th best team in the province and the overall the 12th best school in the province. The gap between them and 7th position was marginal with the teams having the same amount of wins, and ultimately came down to debating’s equivalent of goal difference – 6 speaker points.

The 1st Team’s second consecutive appearance among the Top 16 teams is a remarkable achievement and places them as the 2nd best boys school and along with Fourways, Parktown Girls the only consistent breaking Government schools over the period.  

The Second team competed in the SACEE Gauteng Debating League, they were knocked out in the Regional Debates, after winning 3 and losing 3.

The third team took part in the Atheneum Debate League. They competed in 9 rounds but did not make it to the final knockout rounds, after 4 wins and 5 losses. 

The Junior A and B Teams took part in the SACEE Gauteng Debating League and the Atheneum Debate League. They both won 2 out of 6 debates in the SACEE League and were invited to the SACEE Development League. 

Their performance in the Atheneum league was much improved and is a testament to the value of greater exposure to debates. The Junior A Team went unbeaten until their very last last debate. They qualified comfortably as the second ranked team into the Atheneum finals where they were knocked out by King David in the semi-finals, ranking third overall. 

The Junior B Team results were also improved with a hall of 5 wins and 4 losses, they unfortunately broke 9th and thus outside of contention for the knockout rounds. They were placed as the reserve team in the Atheneum final.

Term 3 will see the first team competing in provincials, and the entire squad competing at the annual national  Model UN conference. 

  • Ms Sashquita Northey