French debating national finals beckon for Perse pair
8 Feb 2019
Lower Sixth students Hari Prasad and Kilian Meissner have qualified for the finals of the National Schools French Debating Competition in the Year 13 category.
Despite being a year younger than their opponents, Hari and Kilian came out on top in the regional round, held at The Perse, to book their place in the national finals at the French Institute in London on 20 March.
They displayed their fluency in French to beat teams from the Stephen Perse Foundation and Hills Road Sixth Form College in the opening stages before meeting another Upper Sixth Hills Road team in the final.
Both teams had just 20 minutes to prepare to debate the motion ‘literature and the arts serve little purpose in today’s world’. The Perse pair opposed the motion, eloquently and skilfully presenting their arguments, which were enhanced by excellent illustrations and inspired dramatisation, to earn victory.
Hari said: “It was great fun. I have not spoken French since my GCSE oral exam and therefore I was quite nervous. However, we really enjoyed the evening and once we had warmed up, we found that it was not so hard to get our ideas across in French.
“I enjoyed the surprise motion the most as it was more spontaneous and we felt more connected to what we were saying – it was like a dream motion. We are looking forward to the national final in London and are hoping to make everyone at The Perse proud.”