Bishop Wordsworth School recently hosted the Salisbury and Rotary Group 5 round of ‘Youth Speaks’ – a schools debating competition organised by the Salisbury Rotary Club.
Each team of three students prepare, introduce, propose and oppose a 15-minute debate in front of an audience and judging panel, on a topic of their own choice, and also answer questions posed by the audience.
The students can select a topic which is familiar to them, giving them the opportunity to carry out research, formulate ideas and build confidence.
As one could imagine, the evening was highly entertaining and informative with all the students taking part being confident and very well versed in their subjects and extremely competitive with some lively debates taking part and leaving the judges with hard decisions.
After much discussion, the judging panel of Caroline Millman, Lynn Emerson and Colin Johnson announced the two teams that now progress to the District round to be held at The Mountbatten School in Romsey on Saturday 16th March.
Intermediate Category: St Anne’s Catholic School, Southampton
Subject: Shakespeare: Entertainment not Education
Chair: Zunaira Haneef; Proposer: Caitlin Dugdale; Opposer: Hamdi Khan
Jan Paterson; Caitlin Dugdale; Zunaira Haneef; Hamdi Khan; Michael Bell
Senior Category: Warminster School
Subject: Is it time for the NHS to be Privatised?
Chair: Oliver Corker; Proposer: Samuel Milner-Smith; Opposer: Henry Williams
Henry Williams; Oliver Corker; Samuel Milner-Smith; Michael Bell