Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Élysée Treaty Debate which took place in our school on Wednesday, 11th May 2016. The winning team – consisting of both St. Kilian’s and LFI students – successfully opposed the motion that Economics has a greater influence on our lives than politics. Both teams had strong arguments and the standard of the debate was incredibly high. The format had been changed this year and was conducted by 11th class students of both schools in the three languages of the Eurocampus: English, French and German. Both teams consisted of 9 students who had distinctive roles:
The 1st speakers of each team opened the case, introduced the team and their approach to the motion.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th speakers then continued to develop the arguments.
The 5th speakers challenged the arguments of the opposing teams.
The 6th speakers rebutted the opposition and defended their teams’ arguments.
The 7th and 8th members of the teams from LFI provided translation of the arguments presented in French to assist their teammates responsible for rebuttal.
The 9th member of the team was responsible for co-ordination, planning and research.
Each team was given 25 minutes to argue the case and rebut the opposing arguments. They were allowed to divide this time as they liked for the 6 speakers. The prize for the winning team was, as in previous years – a three-day trip to a European capital.
Well done to everyone, you are a credit to your respective schools!
Background information to the Élysée Treaty Debate is available here.