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Debating has always been a very popular cultural activity at Ashton College. Students are trained to hone their critical thinking and public speaking skills through the power of reasoned argument. Debating also has another very important spin-off for students; the argumentative essay writing skills (part of the English curriculum throughout school) are greatly enhanced.

Juniors comprise grades 7 to 9 students whilst the senior teams are grades 10 to 12. Half colours are awarded for three years’ participation and full colours for five years’ participation. Debaters are also eligible for colours if they win their league. At Honours’ Evening each year a Debating trophy is awarded to the year’s top debater.

Debating takes place all four terms, but students do not forfeit colours if they do not attend for a period due to other extra murals. Debaters participate in many practice debates during the course of the year, with topics covering a wide range of compelling political issues. They also learn the skill of adjudicating debates. In August the Inter House Cultural Challenge gives debaters the opportunity to show which House (London, Cambridge or Oxford) has the strongest debaters. Ashton enters the SACEE (South African Council for English Education) debating league, Gauteng Eastern Region. After a series of ranking debates – where around 28 schools and hundreds of speakers contend – centralized league championships and provincial level competitions take place.

Ashton debaters are well-spoken, informed and confident. They are passionate about the art of persuasion and have adopted the words of the great Desmond Tutu: “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument”.



Our Vision is to create a Virtual School Experience for our students that incorporates the values and ethos of Ashton International College so that each student is able to unlock their potential in this dynamic world while following the IEB and Cambridge curricula to create endless opportunities.


Through the use of integrated and interactive multimedia tools, Ashton International College aims to provide a high quality holistic virtual experience for all their students, which creates endless opportunities for our students in this ever changing world.
The approach in our virtual school consist of the following OBJECTIVES:
Live student to teacher interaction which is crucial for the progress of the student, through a balanced, caring and relevant educational experience. Teachers must be committed, providing a holistic, balanced educational programme that focuses on the needs, aspirations and abilities of each individual child.
Live student to student interaction which creates critical and analytical thinking skills stimulating the progress of the students, inspiring them to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed.
Excellence in our approach from passionate teachers to treat every student as a unique individual with different abilities which is essential to an individual’s personal and scholastic growth based on the fruit of the Spirit namely, Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness and Self-Control (Galatians 5 :22 – 23).
Pastoral and academic support for parents and students to assist during this unprecedented Covid-19 period.

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