The Roedean Debating Society promotes active conversation, critical thought and communication skills. There are two teams, Junior Debating and Senior Debating Teams.
Both participate in the SACEE Debating Competition, which runs throughout the course of the year, providing girls with the opportunity to think on their feet and to hone their debating skills and knowledge of national and international events and trends. They also participate in the World Scholar’s Cup and the Gauteng Provincial teams.
Beyond the debating society achievements, their greatest success as a society is creating a safe space in which learners feel able to engage and challenge ideas that affect them directly. We also pride ourselves on being a family united by the pursuit of intellect, understanding and tolerance.
Roedean has developed a strong tradition in Model United Nations Debating – which involves pupils representing countries with a view to researching and discussing issues and, through diplomacy, trying to find resolutions on matters which the real UN is currently facing.
Roedean participates in the annual national MUN debate organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs at Wits University. MUN pupils spend weeks researching and strategizing global issues and representing Roedean on national platforms. Also organised by SAIIA are Gauteng Legislature debates which focus on a provincial, not international, context; rather than schools being allocated countries to advocate for, they raise concerns of their school and surrounding community. Recent debates such as this have created a working document that will be taken to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) so that changes can be made within our communities and province. The annual International JoMUN organised by the International School in Johannesburg, gives pupils the opportunity to research and debate pertinent topics and interact with schools internationally.
All the above debates have continued during Covid, and have been online. International organisations, such as the EU and UNICEF, interact with SAIIA, and MUN youth have formed a Youth Policy committee, which is a platform for the youth to get involved in contributing to national policy issues. Most debates involve addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.