House Speech 2017
Bournemouth School’s calendar is interspersed with an exciting range of different house events but our favorite at The Bournemouthian has to be House Speech. Pitting the various Houses’ Sixth Forms against each other, it has everything from the wittiest comebacks to the brilliant remarks and facial expressions of Mr Bonds. What more could you want?
House Speech consists of three individual competitions between two different houses each time. In order to ensure that each house has an opponent, Bournemouth School for Girls also participates against one of the houses.
To find out the final results, however, we will have to wait until Monday when all the scores have been totted up by the Right Honourable Chairman.
Monday 23rd January
The first of the three competitions placed Darwin against Elgar with the following motion:
This house welcomes the election of Donald Trump as US President
Elgar were somewhat disadvantaged since they had only Periods 3 and 4 of Monday to prepare, though considering the Darwin team were actually plucked from the audience of the debate (Charley Calvert’s speech being entirely spontaneous, and Toby Dorman’s being written during the proposal), they were positively overprepared!
Whilst we are yet to be given the exact results we can reveal that Elgar won the popular vote 17-7.
Thursday 26th January
The second of the three placed Turner against Bournemouth School for Girls discussing the following proposition:
This house believes that in 100 years’ time the world will be a better place
The room was packed with a turnout of nearly 80 spectators and the tension in the participants was noticeable in front of such a large crowd. However, once the debate began both sides quickly starting to get into the flow again, with witty comments and comebacks being neatly inserted into the event as it progressed.
The levels of wit overwhelm Ollie
During the first two speeches, it could be argued that BSG had the stronger side but after the floor had been given the chance to participate it quickly began to spiral downwards for BSG, especially when they faced a rough questioning from George Wright himself.
The debate finished with Sean Cooney, an enigmatic member of the Labour Party. His speech finished with a powerful summary:
All of these developments indicate not a society crumbling under the weight of political and military turmoil, struggling to cater for a growing, ageing population with the resources of a dying planet, but rather an intelligent, forward thinking community seeking to not just maintain current living standards but actively seeking to improve how we run our society.
Shortly after the popular vote was held and the results were strongly on the side of Turner with 49-26, an overwhelming majority.
Friday 27th January
The final event, which had been originally planned for the Wednesday, had Newton challenging Scott on the following motion:
This house believes that the time is right for the United Kingdom to break up
The third and final competition welcomed the likes of Mr Robjohns and Mr Viney into the Lecture Theatre, eager to watch their house win claim victory at the well esteemed House Speech.
Scott stole a victory, defeating the motion with their wicked remarks.