- Wednesday 9th December: “Britain’s capital city should be re-located.” Proposed by Turner and opposed by Newton
- Thursday 10th December: “All young people should serve some form of military service.” Proposed by Elgar and opposed by Scott
- Friday 11th December: “Marriage is out-dated.” Proposed by Darwin and opposed by BSG.
After a reasonable turnout of students and staff for Wednesday’s debate, numbers were somewhat depleted on Thursday. However, Friday saw the lecture theatre rammed with Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls students, and certainly formed the climax to the competition both with regard to heat of argument and support from audience. This year, Mr. Bonds chaired the debate, asserting his authority through “an increasingly passive aggressive” ringing of an admittedly deficient bell supplied by the English Department (and not forgetting the “Cold War clock”). Three VI Form students (although the majority were Lower VI) represented each house, or in the case of BSG, school. These were:
Darwin: George Wright (proposing), Marcus Lewis (seconding) and Jamie Siviter (concluding). Elgar: Hannah Wood (proposing), Matthew Walsh (seconding) and Ian Westhead (concluding). Newton: Alex Cox (proposing), Matthew Kingston (seconding) and Elliot Miller (concluding). Scott: Tom Lloyd Mead (proposing), Daniel Pedley (seconding) and Michael Baugh (concluding). Turner: Will Smith (proposing), Jacob Bruchez (seconding) and
BSG: Katie Arnold (proposing), Frances Hand (seconding) and Rachael Jeffries (concluding).
Clearly, the editorial committee of The Bournemouthian were heavily involved in the debate.
To describe Friday as “eventful” would be an understatement. Firstly, there was a seemingly unending wave of BSG students plodding into the lecture theatre and finding any space they could – sitting on stairs, cross legged on the floor, standing where there was no space to sit or compacting themselves into the corridor outside. Once Mr. Bonds had completed the formalities, we had a taste of the future Parliamentarian, George Wright, in a brilliantly composed, well rehearsed and smoothly and efficiently executed proposition for the motion “marriage is outdated”.
Katie Arnold replied with another strong argument, but it was during Marcus’ speech that the audience started becoming explosive. A particular line that shall stick in the mind of some was “the lanky, tall man of your dreams”.
“lanky, tall man of your dreams” – Marcus Lewis
It took a moment for for the penny to drop, but this triggered a distinct increase in the energy of the audience. Laughs, tense silences, “oohs” and “aahs” ensued, contributing to a quite brilliant debate. Frances rebutted with another formidable argument, highlighting an apparent lack of “emotional commitment” which men “typically shy away from”, instead providing “lukewarm responses”. A daring and controversial statement, but eclipsed by her attack on Jamie Siviter by use of his Tinder account (it was later proven there is no such account, and Jamie described the attack as “morally questionable”). While the audience erupted, clapped and cheered, Jamie was largely unmoved, instead raising an eyebrow and offering a smile of acknowledgement.
After this, there was a chance for the floor to contribute something to the debate, other than roars and whoops. Perhaps the highlight of the entire debate was offered by the infamous ‘Rose’, who seems to appear during debates, instigate widespread controversy, and disappear back to BSG (presumably). The Bournemouthian thinks it best to consign this event to history, mainly because the language used is too explicit for this publication (it was, nevertheless, a valid point). In the words of Mr. Bonds: “I like a bit of jip.”
Rachael and Jamie then succinctly and competently concluded the arguments, finalising what must be one of the most enjoyable debates of Bournemouth School history.
The Paul Revere bowl would have been awarded to the highest scoring individual speech, however its whereabouts are not currently known. They were assessed for clarity, spontaneity to opposing points, confidence, contact and engagement with audience, quality of language and content of argument.
- 3rd place equal: Rachael Jeffries (BSG) and Daniel Pedley (Scott House)
- 2nd place: George Wright (Darwin House)
- 1st place: Alex Cox (Newton House)
Overall House results:
- 6th place: Elgar House
- 5th place: Turner House
- 4th place: Scott House
- 3rd place: Darwin House
- 2nd place: Bournemouth School for Girls
- 1st place: Newton House