Debate Mate Launch
Praise is due to the Year 9 students for their conduct and enthusiasm on last Thursday’s trip to Hyde Park for the launch of the Speak Up! Challenge, organised by the Royal Parks in association with Debate Mate.
The students watched an exciting debate led by experienced debaters, and were able to see what professional debating looks like in action. The motion was ‘Public parks should be kept free from commercial enterprises’ and students were invited to ask questions as members of the floor afterwards. The prize for the best question was a £10 Nandos voucher, and despite some excellent questions from other schools, this was won by Raheem in 9T3 for his thoughtful critique of the ‘socialist utopia’ put forward by the proposition. Michas, Safa, Tiphaine and Eron were also brave enough to stand up and put forward questions.