Friday, 17 November 2017
A group of languages students from Bolton School’s Sixth Form attended the North Schools’ Modern Languages Debating Competition held at Cheadle Hulme School. They debated a variety of challenging motions entirely in a foreign language.
Year 13 student Sam Warburton, who was on the German team, reports:
“Our French team was made up of competition veterans Tom Paterson and Sam Bowden. Tom and Sam won their first debate on the topic of ‘The world was better before the Internet’ but were narrowly beaten in their second debate and so just missed out on the semi-finals.
“Once again, two teams from the Boys’ Division competed against two teams from Manchester Grammar in the extremely competitive Russian category. Luke Cavanaugh and Ben Sykes won one of their debates, whilst Tom Ryder and Tom Stephenson narrowly lost both of their debates. Therefore Manchester Grammar was once again victorious in the overall Russian competition.
“Both Divisions entered teams to the Spanish competition, with Siddarth Nandalan and Ryan Thakrar competing for the Boys’ Division. Despite some excellent debating, both teams narrowly missed out on the semi-finals, having faced last year’s competition winners Altrincham Girls’ in the group stages.”
However, it was the German team of Sam Warburton and Joe Smith who enjoyed the greatest success on the night. They progressed to the semi-finals, where they defeated strong competition from Stockport Grammar, and then had just fifteen minutes to prepare an argument in favour of the motion ‘Everyone should carry a weapon’ for the final. Following a closely fought debate, the Boys’ Division German team were declared the winners of the German Debating Competition!
In conclusion, Sam said, “I would like to thank Mrs Cotton and Mr Robson for coordinating our entry and especially all of the Language Assistants for their support both in preparation stages and throughout the night. None of our teams would have been as successful if not for the tireless efforts of these individuals.”
A team of students from the Girls’ Division also won the French debating competition.
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