Great house victorious in Intermediate House Debating Final

Great house have been crowned the winners of this year’s Intermediate House Debating, after successfully arguing for the motion ‘This House has lost faith in charity’ against a challenging Joan’s Kitchen team. 

Millfield pupils and staff were also delighted to welcome local councillor and former MP for Wells, Tessa Munt, who acted as adjudicator and judge for the debating challenge. 

Pupils and staff gathered in the Meyer Theatre for the final, which saw Year 11 pupils Rowan Wilson, Edward Wardell and Max French from ‘Great’ proposing the motion and Year 10 pupils Natsag Bayar, Jami Schlueter and Year 11 Jake Hurst from ‘Joan’s Kitchen’ opposing, after weeks of inter-house debate on a range of issues.

Both teams presented compelling arguments, with Great identifying many of the flaws of the sector and encouraging the audience to consider alternative charitable models, and Joan’s Kitchen asking the audience to consider what a world without charity would look like.  

Judge Tessa Munt, along with teachers Mrs Gray and Mrs Coelho deliberated, and concluded that Great, who were proposing the motion, presented the strongest argument and were awarded the Debating shield. 

Mrs Gray said, “It was a pleasure to welcome former MP Tessa Munt, and we were honoured that she was able to help judge our competition. Tessa was impressed by the broad range of the speeches, moving as they did from points relating to international charities, as well as discussing the local nature of charity and the responsibility of the individual. Both teams were worthy finalists and we are sure we have not heard the last from these most articulate young men.”

View a video of the debating finals here.