Marsden win Premier A

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School defeated Queen Maragaret College in the Grand Final of the Premier A debating competition last night, winning the Henning Cup for the second time in the tournament’s 39 year history.

The team of Adele Quigley-McBride, Maria English, and Dipti Manchanda successfully negated the motion “This House believes all states should adopt open immigration policies”.

Maria English and Frances Ratner from QMC shared the Suffrage Cup for the best speaker in the Grand Final.

Judging the debate were Christopher Bishop, Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna, and Rosemary Moar. Stephen Whittington, the convenor of the Premier A Grade in 2008, chaired the debate, which was held in front of a lively and large audience.

Stockley Cup – SHC and Wellington College take the spoils

The Stockley Cup prepared speaking competition was held tonight at Turnbull House. Six speakers entered in the junior competition, and five entered the senior competition.

The runners-up in the Junior competition were:

3rd: Stephen Petris – Scots College
2nd: Rayhan Langdana – Wellington College

And the winner of the Dunsheath Trophy for the best junior speech was Taase Pusa from Sacred Heart College

The place-getters in the Senior competition were:

3rd: Nicola Wood – St Mary’s College
2nd: Olivia Norling – Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

And the winner of the Stockley Cup for the best senior speech was Jacob Diggle from Wellington College.

Thanks very much to Mrs Melda Townsley who adjudicated the competition.

Marsden and Wellington College win Impromptu Cup

Samuel Marsden and Wellington College have both defended their titles at the WSU Impromptu Cup tournament, held at Queen Margaret College today.

In the senior section, Samuel Marsden (Maria English and Dipti Manchanda) beat Sacred Heart College (Holly Jenkins and Laura ?) in the Grand Final on the motion “This House would vote National”, taking home the IMPS Trophy for the second year in a row. Scots College and Queen Margaret College were the beaten semi-finalists.

In the junior section, Wellington College 1 (Nick Fenton and Rayhan Landana) and 2 (Josh Brian and Paul Turner) squared off in the final, ensuring that College retained the Evening Post Cup it won last year.  Wellington College 2 prevailed in a 4-1 decision on the motion “This House believes unhealthy foods should be banned from school canteens”.

Congratulations to both teams. Thanks to Stephen Whittington and Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna for running the two grades and organising adjudicators, and to Queen Margaret College for hosting the day.

Photos will be posted here shortly.

Impromptu Cup tomorrow!

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup tournament is tomorrow at Queen Margaret College. Twelve senior teams and five junior teams from around the Wellington region are competing. Results and photos will be posted here once the tournament is over.