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Debating Success

Last term was a busy one for the school's debating clubs as they sharpened their skills in weekly lunchtime debates and tested themselves amidst the cut and thrust of competitive rhetoric!

Sixth form members of Debating Club, Josh Bendel, Andrew Bennett and Emma Sharples represented The Grange School in the English Speaking Union Mace competition.  Josh and Andrew won the first round debate and progressed to the second round of the competition.  Josh and Emma then represented the school in the second round of the competition.  Emma said of the experience, "Debating is a great chance for me to engage in topical issues outside of my A-level studies.  As a result of debating competitively in this competition, I've become more confident, articulate and inquisitive; skills which will no doubt be invaluable at university."

The school has also participated in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition held annually at Moreton Hall School, Oswestry.  Fifth former, Sam Williams, was the speaker and gave an exceptional speech on the topic:  "It is ok to kill one to save many".  Fourth Year students Emily Clough and Tony Wilkes were the Questioner and Chair respectively.  Sam Williams won speaker of the night and the overall team came second.

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, Debating Club held a debate on the topic of fairtrade.  The motion was, ‘This house believes that Fairtrade makes moral sense but not economic sense.' Fourth formers Thomas Dufty and Megan Butler proposed the motion and Emily Clough and Haydn Cawley opposed the motion.  Judges, Mr Morrison and Mrs Tomlin, were extremely impressed by the depth of research; quality and effective organisation of each team's argument; confident, persuasive delivery;  and each team's ability to deal with points of information and questions from the floor. After much discussion and consultation of the marking criteria, the proposition team were awarded winners of the debate.