On Thursday 28th February, Georgia and Rose (Year 12) made St Mary’s history by not only participating in the South West regional round of the English Speaking Union’s Mace debate, but also winning and becoming Regional Champions! They were up against stiff competition from very experienced debating schools and are to be commended on both the preparation and execution of their debate. The whole society got involved with the process and were proud to go along and support them. St Mary’s proposed the motion 'This house would require all police officers to wear body cameras whilst on active duty' which was opposed by Truro School.
Other motions were 'This house would implement an upper rate of income tax of 70% on incomes over £5m', proposed by Redmaids' High School and opposed by Bishop Wordsworth's School, whilst Taunton School proposed 'This house would legalise paid surrogacy in the UK' against opposition from King's College Taunton, our host for the evening.
We will now go on to the ESU Schools' Mace National Final at the international headquarters, Dartmouth House, in London on Monday, 25th March. Congratulations indeed to the girls for doing so well!
Mrs Samantha Handy, Head of History and Politics