Last week, two Perse sixth formers, Ryan Stonebridge in Year 12 and Greg Stewart in Year 13, successfully made it through the first round of The National Debating Championship for Schools in England, The English Speaking Union’s (ESU) Schools Mace competition.
The competition was held at Hills Road Sixth Form College, where Ryan and Greg proposed the motion, ‘This House would make the fines of offenders relative to their wealth’.
This success is no mean feat as this is the oldest national debating competition in the UK. As the ESU website states, “students who participate in the competition develop their knowledge of controversial issues and world affairs, while enhancing their speech writing, public speaking and analytical thinking skills. The competition also helps develop confidence in its participants.”
Ryan and Greg will now proceed to the second round, which will take place early next year. Well done!