Our debaters rise to a considerable challenge

Our debaters rise to a considerable challenge

The last week in January was a big one for our school debaters. This crack team of public speakers has been honed to perfection by Mrs Stuart in after school sessions.

On Wednesday January 29th three of our year 13 debaters went to Sevenoaks School to take part in the English Speaking Union Debating Competition. In their debate they had to oppose the motion that This house regrets the commercialisation of Pride. All three spoke eloquently and effectively and were able to rebut the points made by their opponents from Caterham School. These were all things that the adjudicator commended. We are delighted to say that Imogen Gaines, Ellie Smith and Aminah Rahman will as a result go through to the next round.

The girls had had time to prepare their speeches in advance, a luxury they did not have on Saturday February 1st when they were accompanied by four of our most persuasive year 10s at the South East Regional Heat of the Cambridge Schools’ Debating Competition. In this competition the students pair up and debate alongside two students from another school who they have never met. Opposing them are a further four students from different schools again. The students have only 15 minutes to prepare their responses to such motions as This house would ban extremist political parties, orĀ This house would not prosecute crimes committed out of economic necessity. Our students did extremely well, as one of only two comprehensive schools in the heat, coming first in several of their group debates. In the end this was not enough to go through to the next round, with all four places taken by public schools with long-established debating traditions. A special well-done nonetheless to Aminah, Ellie and Imogen, and our amazing year 10s Lao Lufu, Suzie McMillan, Sam Baker and Michael Panayiotou.