On Tuesday 11th October, two of our pupils: Poppy Smith and Mackenzie Steed, entered the Wales National Debate competition which was hosted at St Alban’s R.C. School.
They were debating against Monmouth Comprehensive school and the team who have been previous winners of the Wales Debate competition. The motion was ‘This house would ban all zero hour contracts’ and our team had to oppose this motion and argue why we should keep them. Considering the complex nature of the topic, the high pressure environment and that they were the youngest contestants there (the other teams consisted of year 12 and 13) they did themselves and the school so proud! They spoke clearly and with confidence for 7 minutes, with Poppy doing an additional 4 minute summation for the team. The adjudicators, after being forewarned about younger students entering, were surprised to learn that these two were actually the youngest- which is testament to their hard work and display of maturity.
Well done ladies!