On Saturday, a group of our Year 11 and Sixth Form students made it through to the National Finals Day of the Cambridge Schools Debating Competition. Students took part in four rounds of fiercely competitive debating, against schools such as Eton and Westminster. They had just 15 minutes to prepare for motions on religious influences on politics, the use of entrapment by police, the genetic enhancement of embryos and economic growth versus economic equality. Although we didn’t make it through to the grand final, it was a fantastic day for our students, with Hadi Hijazi and Brenda Muhiddin scoring a second place in two of their debates, and Sara Dehvari and Enilla Ansari taking first place in two of their debates.
We are incredibly proud of our students, seeing them achieve remarkable success over some very tough competition. They have worked very hard this year, organising debates every Wednesday lunch time, and encouraging our younger students to get involved in debating. They have shown a huge amount of dedication and enthusiasm to the Debating Society, despite the busy exam period.
This month we are also taking part in the Kings College London Debating competition, UCL Schools Debating competition, and Imperial Schools Debating competition.
Thank you to every member of staff who contributed to our debating events this year: the students really appreciate your support.
Ms Tumber and Mr Mitchell