On Tuesday 29th November, Tiffin went to Ibstock Place School for the 2nd annual German Debating Competition. Tiffin put forward teams of 2 contestants in each of the 3 year groups: Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13.
The tournament consists of 3 rounds of debate on three different motions all done entirely in the German language. The contestants did not know which side they would represent until they were in the debating chamber.
The competition this year was stronger than ever but the level of fluency and spontaneous argument from both our Year 12 and Year 13 teams was excellent. Sebastian Tyrrall and Joe Dumpleton had to argue a range of topics: that social media has too many negative effects; that German bands should be forced to sing in German. Sanchith Nadanakumar and Andrew Siu had to argue that the Olympic Games were a waste of money, and in favour of the use of high pressure water to release shale gas from reserves deep underground. The Tiffin Year 11 team was actually selected from Year 10, but both Abiram Uthyakumar and Euan O’Connor proved more than able. They argued amongst other things that young people should have a part-time job, but that homework should be banned! Euan and Abiram (pictured below) won all three debates, and secured top spot by a single point over the hosts, and that is a very special achievement for two boys competing in a higher age group. They are all to be congratulated for their immense preparation and fluent logical arguments. IN GERMAN!!!!