National Debating Competition Final
E-J Roodt in Year 12 sent us this report:
‘I am sure the whole team will agree that the weekend was an incredibly exciting, invaluable learning experience.
The competition kicked off with a question time event, where we gained a fascinating insight on some topical issues from a diverse panel of inspirational people, including Claire Fox from the Moral Maze. This was followed by a drinks reception in the gallery of the Wellcome Trust. Our team then continued this style of discussion over a Lebanese meal.
However, the serious debating began on Saturday at the Museum of London. Four of our team had the opportunity to compete against students of a very high calibre and also to hold our own when challenged by a fierce panel of judges. Although we did not make it to the semi-final, the skills, techniques and confidence we gained from the experience was a win in itself.
After a hard days’ work, Saturday night was spent relaxing and engaging in intellectually stimulating conversations with the other schools; after listening to a humorously engaging talk from Simon Watts of Ready Steady Science on 'Ugly Animals'.
On the Sunday, we headed to Canary Wharf for the final rounds of the competition, where we observed some impressively high quality debates, which have inspired us to put our newly acquired skills to practice and come back fighting next year. Max McManus received an honorary mention for his individual performance.
This weekend has certainly fuelled my passion for discussion and has inspired me.
Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for accompanying the students.