Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Debating in French at National Final

  • National Final French Debates
  • National Final French Debates (1)
  • National Final French Debates (2)

Year 13 students Caroline Blair and Maya Drummond reached the National Final of the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes, a French-language debate competition. The final was held at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni in London on 20 March, or International Francophonie Day: a date when countries around the world celebrate speaking French through cultural events honouring the language.

Hundreds of Sixth Form students from all over the UK competed for a place in the final, and Caroline and Maya did extremely well to get to this stage. They worked hard and put in a lot of effort working alongside Léa, the French Language Assistant, who supported them.

The Bolton School team won their first debate against King’s College Wimbledon, arguing against the motion ‘Voting should be compulsory’. However, they lost their second debate against Westminster while supporting the motion ‘Multilingualism is a barrier to the unity of a nation’. They were also interviewed in French for the Francophonie UK Facebook page. Both girls enjoyed the day and received a very generous goody bag.

The event was well organised and really high profile with a panel of judges from the French-speaking world of politics and culture. The final was presented by Francophonie UK and the Institut français.


Watch Caroline and Maya’s interview (in French) here.

Watch an interview with Girls’ Division Head of French Mr Fico (in French) here.

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