On Monday 4th March, St Aidan’s hosted the NE Regional Finals of the ESU Mace competition. Six teams travelled from Morpeth, Newcastle, York, Hull and Sheffield to take part in three debates.
The Associated Sixth Form team faced Hymers College, who they opposed on the motion ‘This house would legalise paid surrogacy in the UK’. The three judges, chaired by Duncan Partridge, Director of Education at the ESU, praised the quality of debating, but declared the Associated Team overall winners. As defending champions this was an especially pleasing result. The team now looks forward to attending the National Finals in London later in March. As one of the only twelve regions in England, this places us among the best debating schools in the country.
Many congratulations to Frankie Ryan-Casey and Owen Spafford for their accomplished performances. It was also pleasing to have so much support from the lower school debating club. Their insightful contributions suggested that the future of debating looks bright.