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A busy and successful Lent term for the Senior Debaters

It has been a busy Lent term for the Senior Debaters. Our Year 11 speakers Pranav, Frederic and Ryan were Runners Up in the Warwick District Rotary Youth Speaks Competition as well as qualifying for the second round of the ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition. Their topic for both was whether prisoners should have the freedom to vote, and their research and knowledge of the subject was evident in their thought-provoking presentations.

To further our ESU success, our team of Atticus, Arjan, Will and Barnaby also qualified for the second round of their competition: the MACE. They opposed the motion: This House Would use proportional representation in UK national elections and while they did not break for the third round, they performed very well as a team.

In February, we also participated in the Cambridge Union Schools’ Debating Competition. Barnaby, Osian, Thomas, James, Frankie and Ptolemy all competed in four rounds of debating on Saturday, 4 March. This was an online format, but the debaters managed to hold the floor commendably, in spite of the challenge of speaking to screens instead of a welcoming audience.

Finally, Warwick School Debaters competed in the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition in both the regional round and on Finals Day. In January, four teams of debaters performed to a high-level at St Edward’s School in Oxford. They were: Atticus, Will, Arjan, Will, Frederic, Ryan, Thomas and Ptolemy. Arjan and Will impressively earned themselves a place at Finals Day, a fantastic achievement!

Now that the competitive debating season has drawn to a close, we can reflect on a very successful set of performances from Warwick School. We look forward to next year with great excitement as we have many very enthusiastic and experienced debaters ready to represent Warwick School again.