French Debating Team to National Final

Congratulations to pupils Mark Gorman and Mitsu Jeffcock who won the South Central/East regional French debating competition last night 

The Charterhouse pair successively beat teams from the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, Guildford High School for Girls (GHS) and Christ's Hospital in the first stages, and later two other GHS teams in the semi-final and final respectively.

As regional winners, the Charterhouse team qualify for the national stage organised by the French Institute next month. 

In the preliminary stages, teams debated two motions in their pool: 

  1. "L’intelligence artificielle est une menace pour l’humanité” (AI is a threat to mankind) 
  2. "La littérature ne sert plus à rien” (Literature serves no purpose)  

Jonathon Wilkinson and Toby Russell, also defending Charterhouse colours, fought with panache and reached the other semi-final. Well done to them both! They were only very narrowly defeated by the GHS pair that reached the final. 

The final, against this strong GHS pair, was on a surprise motion: "Les médias devraient être controlés" (media should be controlled) with only 15 minutes to prepare. Charterhouse was supporting the motion. The variety of their arguments, the rigorous organisation of their ideas and the quality of their language as well as their poised approach gave them a decisive advantage. 

Well done and congratulations to all involved.