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Debating Club Finds Its Voice Again

04 December 2020

Debating Club has been rather quiet for some time. Whereas many of our extra-curricular clubs resumed ‘normal service’ when we came back in September, it was slightly trickier for us. I have always felt that one of the main qualities of Debating Club was that it gave an opportunity for girls from Year 10 and up to mix and share ideas as equals. The extra safety measures put in place for lunch have also meant that there is less time to develop a meaningful discussion. This is why after some deliberation I decided to try and run a debate over Teams and it certainly proved a success!

Last Thursday at 7pm we had our first debate. The controversial motion was: This House believes that the future of the younger generation is being sacrificed to protect the elderly. Over 30 girls expressed an interest in coming so this meant that my new Debating Captain, Fareedat Kenyon had to use all her skills to chair a busy discussion. I was particularly grateful to my two volunteer speakers Keeranjit Kalirai and Saba Mansouri. Keera spoke for the Proposition and Saba the Opposition and both delivered convincing and well- researched speeches that belied the fact that this was their first time at the club. We then opened the discussion to the audience who had so much to say that we went on for an hour – unsurprisingly both Brexit and Dominic Cummings also managed to sneak in!

Fareedat did a great job and we are looking forward to organising another debate soon. Anyone who is interested in joining the club or wants to suggest topics to debate just drop me an email.

- Mrs Park

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