Success all round in MFL Debate competition
Monday, 08 November 2010
Teams of Sixth Formers from Bolton School took part in the Northern Schools Modern Foreign Languages Debating Competition and managed to reach the final of all three language competitions!
The boys were runners up in the French debate and semi-finalists in the German category, while the girls won the Spanish debate, were runners up in the German category and semi-finalists in the French category.
In the competition, which was held at Cheadle Hulme School, teams conducted debates entirely in their respective languages on topics including 'In the age of globalization, the nation has lost its power', 'The job of the paparazzi is immoral', 'Immigrants should adopt the customs and culture of their adopted country', 'The end justifies the means', and 'Environmentalists are extremists'.
The Boys' French team of Nick Davies and Jimmy Warburton put up a tremendous performance winning their pool ahead of Altricham Grammar School, Q.E.G.S. and the host school Cheadle Hulme. They won their debate on whether environmentalists are extremists arguing that they were not, and argued that in the era of globalisation sovereign states had not lost their autonomy in decision making. The boys went through to the semi-final as best group winners and beat Q.E.G.S. - arguing that immigrants should adopt the cultures and customs of their adopted country - to make it to the final versus Manchester High School for Girls. In a closely fought contest the boys narrowly lost the motion, being asked to present the opposite side of the argument in the immigration debate. The German team of Ian Cooper and Wajid Ali also performed strongly finishing pool winners but losing in the semi-final to the eventual winners.
The Girls' Division made it to the final of both the Spanish and German competitions. Azelle Egbe and Charlie Priest defeated Manchester High School for Girls to win the Spanish competition and Charlotte Beardsworth and Amber John finished runners up to Q.E.G.S. in the German contest. Hannah Bolton and Kate Hiepko were semi-finalists in the French category.
The competition attracted twenty teams this year from the whole of the North of England. Head of French in the Boys' Division, Mr Robson, said: "For Bolton School to be in the final of all three competitions is a tremendous achievement and says much about the quality of MFL teaching in both divisions. We look forward to being able to enter teams again next year from the best of our year 13 students."