Millfield pupils and staff were delighted to welcome local councillor and former MP, Tessa Munt, to this year’s Intermediate House Debating competition.
The councillor for the Wells division of Somerset County Council and former Liberal Democrat MP for Wells acted as adjudicator and judge for the debating challenge, which featured pupils in Years 10 and 11. Two school house teams argued for and against the proposal ‘this house has lost faith in charity’, a topical subject which has recently been discussed in the mainstream media.
Pupils and staff gathered in Millfield’s Meyer Theatre for the event, which saw finalists from ‘Great’ house, including Rowan Wilson from Shepton Mallett and Edward Wardell and Max French from Glastonbury proposing the motion and boarders Natsag Bayar, Jami Schlueter and Jake Hurst from ‘Joan’s Kitchen’ house opposing. The final was a culmination of weeks of inter-house debates between 12 boys houses and seven girls houses on a range of issues.
Both teams presented compelling arguments by identifying many of the flaws of the sector and encouraging the audience to consider alternative charitable models, as well as asking the audience to consider what a world without charity would look like.
Judge Tessa Munt, along with teachers Joy Gray and Aimee Coelho, deliberated the results and concluded that Great house, who were proposing the motion, presented the strongest argument and were awarded the Debating Shield.
Teacher of English, Drama and Media, Joy Gray, says “It was an honour for us to have councillor Tessa Munt help judge our debating competition. Tessa’s experience and expertise enabled her to offer thoughtful advice to our speakers. All of the pupils were glad to receive specific feedback from Tessa, who also offered them the opportunity to shadow her as a councillor and see first-hand how a politician works for the local community.”
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