01 Jul 2019

Monday 01 July 2019

On the 21st of June, four King’s Spanish debating teams travelled to Northcote College to compete in the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Spanish Debating Competition. 

Spanish Ii


The Premier team, consisting of Charles Cave (Year 13, Selwyn, 1st speaker and Captain), Naixi Jiang (Year 13, Selwyn, 2nd speaker) and James Hancock (Year 13, Marsden, 3rd Speaker), achieved a remarkable 2nd Place. 

In the first round, King’s debated against the keen Kerikeri High school side. Affirming the moot “The government must restrict teacher strikes”, James Hancock used his deep insight of economics to present a very strong argument as to why these restrictions should be put in place. This resulted in a considerable victory for King’s. 

The second round was much closer as we debated against Macleans 1, who had just returned from their language exchange in Argentina. Regardless, King’s strongly debated the moot that “Electric scooters should only be allowed in parks”, rather than other public areas such as sidewalks and roads. The Highlight of this debate goes to Naixi Jiang for his outstanding rebuttal and engagement with opposing material.

Due to our successes, King’s had made the semi-final. Competing against Auckland Grammar made for a very challenging debate. The moot was “Schools must strictly offer only vegetarian foods” which King’s affirmed. Due to the emotive nature of Spanish debating and the rivalry between the two schools, it was a very heated debate. With both teams being on form, it all came down to the wire. Charles Cave had a stellar leader’s reply which scored 43 out of a possible 45, thus securing the win for King’s. 

After the victory over Auckland Grammar, King’s had made the grand final. The moot was “Marijuana must be legalised” which Kings’s affirmed. Unfortunately, King’s lost to Rangitoto College. It was, once again, a very impressive performance and King’s Language Department was extremely proud of their result. 

Maria Lamberto, HOD Languages