The last two years have been very exciting for debating and public speaking within the school.
We now have a very well established and successful Junior Debating Club. The club meets weekly in order to debate some very challenging topics. The Junior Debaters were recently crowned Kent Schools Debating champions! A report of this can be seen below.
In addition to this all guilds in Years 7-9 take part in an exciting and competitive inter-guild debating competition.
Junior Debating Club
The Junior Debating Club meets weekly on Thursday lunchtimes.
So far this year we have grappled with the death penalty, whether Scotland should be granted independence, whether the UK should remain in the Euro and whether supermarkets are good for local economies, to name a few!
Each debating topic is chosen by the pupils – normally taken from the website ‘Debating Matters’. Pupils then spend two sessions working in teams preparing their arguments and counter arguments before pitting their wits against each other in the third week.
Earlier on in the year the Junior Debaters entered a Kent Schools Debating competition and came out victorious, a fantastic achievement from our young debaters and a testament to the notable role debating holds within the school. A report of the competition can be seen below.
Inter-guild Debating Competition
In addition to this, all guilds in years 7-9 take part in an inter-guild debating competition. They are given time to prepare their arguments within the tutor time programme. The whole year group then comes together to watch two guilds compete. Each motion helps pupils to engage with important current affairs. Pupils do a fantastic job in researching and presenting their form’s arguments and the debates are always lively and entertaining. The competition is run in rounds, with the winning guild progressing to the next round, until one guild within each year group is crowned as champions.
This year the following topics are being debated: