Bedalian debating success

On Tuesday evening, the Bedales debating team (Sam Wilkinson and myself) participated in the first round of the ESU Schools Mace at The Royal School, proposing the motion that development aid should be tied to the enforcement of population control mechanisms. We argued that enforcing the free provision of contraception and health education in developing countries would result in reduced population growth, which is conducive to economic development and would decrease the need for foreign aid in the future. It isn’t often that we get to propose a motion that we actually agree with, so we were really looking forward to making our case. The competition was pretty stiff: we were opposed by Charterhouse, and Churcher’s College and The Royal School were also competing in this round. However, we had spent weeks researching and preparing and this really paid off. At the end of the evening, the adjudicators announced that, out of all four teams, Bedales and Charterhouse had been chosen to go through to the next round. Having narrowly missed out on the second round of the Cambridge Union competition last week, we were really pleased to have made it through, especially as the ESU Mace is such a prestigious event. The next round will be taking place in January. We’d like to thank Ruth Austen for taking us to the debate and Jonathan Selby for preparing us and running such a stimulating Debating Society.

By Katie Millard, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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