Debating: The Joutes Oratoires

On Tuesday afternoon, our French debating team performed with distinction in the qualifying round of the 2019 Joutes Oratoires.

With a place in the National Final at stake, they took to the lectern to win over the judges on the subject of the morality of meat-eating, the regrettable global dominance of the English language and the rights or wrongs of China banning western social media. In a strong display of calm arguing and fluent language, Nadia Hassan and Annabel Chessher (LI U6) won their pool convincingly, keeping their sang very froid and their intonation very accurate under questioning from Sherborne, Radley and Cheltenham Ladies’ College. In the final against Cheltenham, debating the motion ‘la technologie est notre amie’, the impetus swung from one team to the other as they traded perceptive points and swapped sophisticated turns of phrase.

There was very little to choose between them, but in the end it was the superior teamwork of the Cheltenham pair which saw them sneak the win, by one point. Good luck to them in the final; chapeau to all those who took part – the standard was high from start to finish – and particular thanks to the Dauntsey’s contingent for all their excellent judging.

Roll on 2020!

Tom Kiggell
Modern Languages Department

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