Recently, 11 debaters from Years 7 to 10 took part in the regional round of The International Competition for Young Debaters (ICYD) in the prestigious Cambridge Union. It was a privilege for them to debate in the same debating chamber as the likes of Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and the current Dalai Lama. We had a number of successful teams winning numerous debates on a range of topics from ‘This House Would Ban Social Media’ to ‘This House Would Ban the Reporting on the Private Lives of Politicians’. Very excitingly one team “broke” to the final, going on to win comprehensively and be crowned Regional Champions. Year 10’s Joseph Rogerson and Emily Young now go on to compete for the international title in April.
Debating Coordinator, Miss Chappell, said, “We are delighted for Joe and Emily, it is a huge achievement. This is the second finals day that the pupils have successfully reached this academic year and shows how much progress these young pupils are making. Debating activities, like the ones we run at Hill House School, help young people develop excellent life skills that will come in particularly useful in later years. Being able to stand up and talk confidently in front of a room full of people is vital for many jobs and we are proud that we are preparing these pupils for later life.
Our debating teams love to support each other and we are all looking forward to going down to Cambridge to watch Joe and Emily compete for the international title in April.”