The Perse School

Year 10 success in French debating competition

12 Jun 2014

Last night saw The Perse host a Year 10 French debating competition, with a range of schools from the Eastern region taking part. It was a great result, with our two home debating pairs winning against 12 debating pairs from four other schools in the region.

After beating successively The Leys and Oundle in the first stages, our co-ed teams then won against the Stephen Perse Foundation pairs in the semi final stage thanks to the use of rhetorical devices, humour, effective quotes, thoroughly researched and convincingly presented evidence, plus not to mention a zest of linguistic flair and je ne sais quoi… all resulting in an exclusively Perse debating final, which was eventually won by Jonathan Ferguson and Rosie Cates. One of our other groups was also runner-up in the competition: Sophia Rodrigues, Pierce Mc Loughlin, Steph Budenberg.

Motions included topics such as school uniform, dangers of the internet and countryside vs town. Final motion was a surprise motion about the necessity to learn languages in a multicultural world for which pupils had only 15 minutes to prepare with no access to any material or dictionary, a little tour de force for Year 10 pupils!

Well done to all who took part.

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