Perse students compete in east regional final of national debating competition
Earlier this week, sixth form students Ryan Stonebridge and Greg Stewart headed to Norwich to compete in the East Regional Final of the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Mace Debating Competition.
The Perse had an especially difficult motion, proposing “This House would not take into account the opinions of local residents when building necessary public works that would be a disturbance to the community”.
The competition was incredibly stiff and just five points separated the winning school from the school placed last. Sadly, Ryan and Greg didn’t win their debate to secure a place in the next round, but it was a very closely contested competition, with just one point separating the Perse team from the winners.
Both Greg and Ryan spoke eloquently and persuasively and by even competing in the East Regional Final they made it into the top 50 in a national competition which begins with over 350 schools – no mean feat!