The Perse School

Success in ESU public speaking competition

10 Feb 2015

IMG_4241Last night, two sixth form students – Ryan Stonebridge of the Lower Sixth and Greg Stewart of the Upper Sixth travelled to King’s School, Ely to take part in the second round of the National Debating Championship for Schools in England, the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) Schools’ Mace competition. This competition is the oldest national debating competition in the UK, which aims to develop students’ public speaking, analytical thinking and speech writing skills, whilst developing their knowledge of controversial issues and world affairs.

Ryan and Greg spoke brilliantly, proposing the motion: ‘This House believes that politicians breaking election promises should trigger a by election’. Each student was required to give a seven minute speech on the topic, and Greg gave a five minute summary. Their clearly formulated arguments led the team to win this round of the competition, meaning they progress to the Regional Finals at the end of this month. This is also the first time that a team from The Perse has progressed this far in the competition. Other schools competing in the competition included King’s School, Ely, North Kesteven School and St Benedict’s School. The Perse was the only team from the area to progress to the next round of the competition.

Well done! We wish Ryan and Greg the very best of luck in the next round of the competition.




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