On the 2nd of November 2018, an Inter House Debate Competition was held in our school, DPS North Kolkata. The participants of this Debate were selected from Classes IX, X and XI. The Debate Competition was held in the 5th, 6th and 7th periods. Two speakers were selected from each of the four houses, Bhagat, Patel, Gandhi and Netaji. One speaker was to speak for the motion and one4 against the motion.
The topic of the Debate was revealed one hour before the competition. The participants were allowed to take help of the materials available in the school library and two other members of their respective houses. They could not avail the internet.
The judge and the moderator were special invitees from other institutions. After the guest judges arrived the topic was revealed to the speakers. The topic of the debate was ‘Every student is required to take up performing arts course’.
The competition started with the proposition and opposition speakers on the two sides of the judge and the moderator. Our junior coordinator ma’am kept record of the time and vice principal sir, few teachers and class IX students comprised the audience. Debaters were given 4 minutes to speak and the rebuttal round was for 2 minutes for each speaker.
In the end, the Gandhi House participants, Sagarika Mukherjee and Arush Dey emerged winners with a total of 75 points. The judge of the Debate Competition declared the winners and gave us some valuable advice regarding Debate to help us perform better in debates in future.
Gandhi House members