The end of enrichment week was very busy for the Debate and MUN societies.
On Saturday 20th February 12 students (6 teams) took part in Nottingham University’s Schools Debating Competition online. They faced challenging competition in four rounds debating topics such as: This House Supports a Carbon Tax Proportionate to an individual’s Carbon Footprint. Congratulations to Stephen and Fran who won two rounds and narrowly missed being in the pro-am finals. Well done to everyone who took part: Isaac, Maha, Anna, Aparna, Kavya, Arsha, Yena, Karen, Zaynab and Ekaterina. Excellent debating skills were displayed throughout the day.
Despite that fact that we are no longer members of the EU, THE EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT took place online on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st February. Nine students took part in this, gaining first class experience in preparing, presenting and opposing topical motions such as: “How can European countries ensure fair access and distribution of vaccines across the globe?” And “How can the EU ensure that its citizens are safe from cyber sexual harassment given the trend of digitalisation in recent months?” Our students took an active part in the discussions, with Jackie providing a passionate defending speech for the first debate on behalf of the Committee of Culture. All our students showed they had researched the topics and were able to make well-structured and relevant contributions to the debates. Bill, Sylvana, Xuanru, Patricia, Gabriel, Adelaide, Jackie, Maria and Parc Ki are to be congratulated on representing the college in such a professional way.
Look out for more debating news in March which will be a busy month for debating.