Debate Club is open to all students and aims to improve pupils’ confidence in public speaking, their knowledge of the world and key issues affecting it, and the ability to articulate ideas and communicate clearly. We use the Oxford-style debating method where students prepare speeches on a pre-decided motion that can vary from topics such as geopolitics to important social issues. We enlist students in external competitions throughout the year, have also hosted rounds of national competitions at Little Lever, arrange fixtures against other schools in the local area, and have participated in an international Model United Nations conference in New York (with eight students winning prizes for their public speaking). The idea of public speaking is incredibly daunting to young people, but we believe that it is simply a matter of preparation, confidence, and practice. And of course, there is nothing like the buzz from winning an argument in front of an audience!
Amelia Stuchbury, Jessica Colgan, Sophia Magari, Nicole Lomas
Sophie Alston-Forrester (Award of High Merit),
Daisy Wall (Award of High Merit),
Tom Hamlett (Honorable Mention),
Megan Baxendale (Honorable Mention),
Bella Thompson (Best Position Paper*) (on The Economic Strain due to Climate Change and its implications and the use of public private partnerships to aid sustainable development)
Molly Gunn (Best Position Paper) (on The Economic Strain due to Climate Change and its implications and the use of public private partnerships to aid sustainable development)
Jack Walton (Honorable Mention)
Joshua Mellett (Honorable Mention)
Callum Parkinson (Best Position Paper) (on climate change and displacement and the promotion of sustainable consumption and production to decelerate climate change)
Molly Walkden (Best Position Paper) (on climate change and displacement and the promotion of sustainable consumption and production to decelerate climate change).
* A position paper is a document produced in advance of the conference outlining the history and global significance of an issue, relevant country policy, and proposed solutions.