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SPEAKING UP: Success for Northwood school debaters at inaugural competition

 Published on: 2nd March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Helen’s School in Northwood has seen its Year 10 debate team experience great success in the first edition of a brand-new debating contest.

The inaugural ‘Nehru Debating Competition’, hosted by Harrow School, took place at the end of February, and the team of Ana, Aishani, Shanti and Esha all achieved remarkably high numbers of speaking points in their rounds of debating.

But it was Ana’s remarkable score of 258 points that topped the leader board in the end in a joint victory with another contender, defeating entrants from schools such as Haberdashers’ Boys, Harrow School, Winchester School, St Mary’s and St Paul’s.

Speaking on the event, Ana said: For me, I found that the virtual debating experience as a whole was really amazing! It was my first ‘formal’ debating competition; I was a bit nervous at the start (especially when I realised the talent of the other people we were competing against).

“My favourite motion was: ‘This House believes that victimless crimes should not be prosecuted.’ We were debating against the motion, and it was funny to see everyone disagreeing over what a ‘victimless crime’ actually was!

“It was interesting to hear the differing views across all the debates, and particularly fun to respond to rebuttals, and POIs (points of interjection).

“Overall, the experience was very valuable, and I feel that I learnt a lot about debating, which I am looking forward to putting into practice in subsequent debates.”

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