Big Win for Benfield Debate Society

Jun 19, 2023

On Monday, 12 June KS3 members of our Debate Society competed against Royal Grammar School, Emmanuel College, Framwellgate School, Harton Academy and Dame Allan’s. The competition involved debating on the following motion: ‘This House believes it is ethically responsible to give employers the power to monitor and censor their employees’ posts on social media’. Two students from each school spoke on behalf of the Government and two spoke on behalf of the Opposition.

The debate was organised in partnership with RGS Newcastle and the North East Initiative for Business Ethics (NIBE). Caroline Theobald CBE, NIBE’s founding director, was our compere for the evening. The team of judges included Joanne Davison, Partner at Muckle LLP, John Duns, Director and Joint Owner at North East Times Magazine, John Smith, Director of Partnerships at Royal Grammar School Newcastle, and David Horn, Co-Founder and CTO at CyberWhite Ltd.

Alex K, Lovely A, Ruqayah A and Rhys N were flawless during their performance as they participated with passion, confidence and rigour. Rhys N and Alex K in particular were not only shortlisted for their performances but also landed the win for Benfield!

We are incredibly proud of our team and honoured to have competed against outstanding students who also represented their schools brilliantly.