Debating at Wilson's has continued to flourish in spite of the lockdown period, with two debating competitions and a Model United Nations conference held in February alone!
Kiran and Finley represented the school at the prestigious LSE Open tournament which was held online. They spoke in five debates over two days on topics such as modern medicine's push for longevity over quality of life, working from home as a "new normal" after COVID, and political consumerism (the practice of factoring in companies' political ideologies when buying their goods). Kiran and Finley came up against some very strong speakers (including medical students in the debate about longevity and several university teams) but nevertheless spoke well and presented strong and convincing arguments.
We also sent four teams to the annual UCL Schools competition, held online this year. This competition was especially significant for five members of the debating society — Aditya, Tomás, Devanandh, Neil and Divy — who represented the School at a debating competition for the first time, along with Aditya, Harsh and Utkarsh. The tournament consisted of three rounds of British Parliamentary debating amongst some of the finest schools in the country. Over the course of the day, the teams debated interesting, topical motions on paying interns, political transparency and feminist child-rearing. Our teams spoke well, especially considering a number of speakers were speaking for the first time. One team, consisting of Aditya and Harsh, came incredibly close to qualifying for the final. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the next competition.
Under the leadership of Neil, the Model United Nations (MUN) Society re-launched and has been preparing for their first conference in several years. Mr Lynch is delighted to be sending nine students as Delegates to take part in the YouthMUN hosted online by LSE this month. As the name suggests, MUN is a society where we act as delegations of countries assigned to us and debate current affairs and issues of global significance such as COVID-19, the economy, human rights, the environment and resolutions to tensions and conflicts, and what the UN should do to solve these problems.
As a society we are looking forward to more competitions in March hosted by Imperial, Durham and Cardiff. We are planning a workshop for juniors to try debating for the first time and, for those who attended lunchtime sessions, opportunities to refresh and build on their debating skills. Further, Senior, Intermediate and Junior Debating are all, after an unavoidable lockdown hiatus, back in business in person!