The aim of this society is to improve research, reading and writing skills and to use these skills in presenting logical, coherent arguments in the form of a structured debate. The preferred style of debating is the World Schools style, and it is in this format that Grey College annually takes part in the South African Council of English Educators (SACEE) league debating championships.
This discipline is also part of inter-schools tournaments against English-medium schools. During the third term, Grey College learners are invited to attend the provincial championships.
Learners may obtain half-colours in Debating from grade 11 based on good results in contests and continued input and participation. Practice times are usually on Monday and/or Tuesday afternoons directly after school, with extra sessions internally arranged when and if required.
Public speaking is also part of this discipline and our learners are invited to take part in various speaking competitions in the course of the year.
Any learners with a particular interest in topic analysis, research and intellectual discourse are cordially invited to join the debating society. The skills acquired here are also invaluable in the writing of structured, logical argumentative essays, and the very rigid, formal format of a debate contributes to developing speaking and social skills so crucial in a Grey Gentleman.