'Concern' Debating Programme

Congratulations to the School’s Senior Debating Team which performed commendably during a narrow defeat against St. Louis’ Grammar School, Ballymena in the ‘Concern Debating Progamme’ on the evening of Tuesday 17th January.

Grosvenor’s team, comprising team captain Sarah Bissett, Jack Pengelly, Rose Gilmore and Nevan Mawhinney, acted as the proposition for the motion ‘The United Nations Should be Disbanded’, focusing their argument on such issues as the failures of the U.N. Assembly, corruption and cronyism within the organization, while St. Louis’ concentrated on the humanitarian successes of the U.N., particularly in relation to disaster relief work.

Each of the independent judges on the evening commented that the standard of debate on both sides had been “exceptionally high” and the best that they had witnessed and, although St. Louis’ were declared the winners by majority decision, the GGS team was able to take great encouragement from such a closely fought contest.

Many thanks to GGS teacher Mrs Lander who has organised and coordinated the team’s participation within the ‘Concern’ programme throughout the year; we now wish its members the best of luck in their next fixture – away to Rathmore Grammar School on Thursday 26th January, when they will debate the motion ‘Europe is failing Africa’.

Nevan Mawhinney takes centre stage while teammates (from left to right): Rose Gilmore, Jack Pengelly and Sarah Bisset watch on during Tuesday evening's debate against St. Louis' Grammar School.