8 February 2017

Key Stage 3 Debate Success

After months of practice and preparation, Roundhay's Key Stage 3 debate team attended their first competition this week: the Debate Mate Urban Debate League. We travelled to Mount Saint Mary's school on the minibus and, despite some nerves, everyone was excited about going into the first round.

 Our first debate asked whether or not parents should be punished for the crimes of their children - a particularly controversial issue! Our A Team came up against a strong team from Priesthorpe, and debated their way to a fantastic victory and points haul. Our B Team were pitched against a knowledgeable group from DYCA, and also won their first ever competitive debate - fantastic results all round!

 For the second debate, we swapped in some of our substitutes for a discussion on whether or not beauty pageants should be banned. This time, our A Team were against one of the most experienced teams in the competition: Allerton High. They debated brilliantly, and scored a particularly impressive points total. The B Team, made up of Y7s and Y8s, were drawn against one of the older teams from Mount Saint Mary's. Tensions ran high here, but the team performed incredibly maturely, speaking with real confidence. When the results were announced, the B Team were particularly ecstatic to have won this debate, too, and bagged another load of points for Roundhay!

 The whole evening was an amazing start to the league for our debaters. We're all very excited to compete in the next rounds, and both teams are hoping to qualify for the national finals in London.

There are still spaces available to join Debate Mate; pupils can come along to G18 each Wednesday after school and take part in exciting activities and frenzied debates with our wonderful Leeds University mentors, Putri and Sarah.

 Ms S Dodd

Teacher of English

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