Armed with wit, bravado and the powers of persuasion, boys took to the stage to argue their case in the finals of The Armidale School’s inter-house debating competition on Monday (15 June).
In the senior school debate, Croft House narrowly defeated Ross, successfully arguing That Knowledge is Corruption. While Croft took the line that knowledge is power and power is corruptible, the negative team used the tack that ‘absolute knowledge enlightens absolutely’. Students cheered on their teams, who presented their cases in an entertaining and convincing fashion.
Meanwhile in the final of the Middle School competition, Ross was victorious, arguing against Tyrrell That Art is Better than Sport. With Tyrrell giving a narrow interpretation of art, the debate was open for Ross to compare professional incomes, sponsorship, and social outcomes of the two fields of endeavour, in a convincing way.
Both adjudicators, Headmaster Murray Guest and Head of Middle School Mark Harrison, praised the speakers for their eye contact with the audience and confident delivery.The finals were the culmination of a round-robin competition held during lunchtimes last week.
Points will go towards the Clemson Cup for inter-house debating and public speaking. The public speaking section will be conducted next term.