Sixth Form Debaters Through to North West Final
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Four Sixth Form girls have argued their way to the north-west final of Debating Matters, a national competition that offers young people a fresh and engaging format for debating contemporary issues.
Laura Hainey, Serena Mohtasham, Olivia Ramsdale and Bella Smith were introduced to the competition by their English and Politics teachers, and decided to put themselves forward as a team. They travelled to the local qualifying round in Merseyside to compete against other schools’ teams for a place in the regional round.
Laura and Olivia were paired up to argue against the issue of censorship in art, head-to-head with another team. Bella and Serena were similarly paired for their debate on fracking. Conductnig their debates in front of an audience meant that there was a lot of pressure. Olivia said, “It was really hard. We were in the second debate and the other girls were in the third debate, so at least we got to watch people go first, which helped.”
Although the debates were difficult, the girls showed their ability to present a well thought out and intelligent argument, and held their ideas up to critical scrutiny. This paid off, and they are now looking forward to the north-west final!
Bolton School is just one of seventy-two schools whose pupils will compete in the twelve Regional Finals held in March and April next year. The best teams from across the UK will go on to the National Final in summer.