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Debating competition opens opportunities

Tue, May 4th, 2021
Worth School

Pupils representing all ten Houses at Worth have been taking part in the revived Inter-House Debating Competition which will conclude with a grand final next week.

The Debating Society has been resurrected this academic year after a hiatus of a couple of years and the School has already enjoyed some excellent success in national competitions, including the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Mace Competition. The Inter-House Competition has been brought back to offer opportunities to more students to get involved with debating.

The first round of the Inter-House Competition took place last week with St Mary’s Chapman, Farwell, St Catherine’s and Butler progressing to the semi-finals which are taking place this week. The final will be on Thursday 13 May. Mrs Dawn Clubb, who runs the Debating Society, said: “I am so proud of all of the Houses. Every House has managed to field a team and every team has conducted themselves beautifully, rising to the challenge of formal debating.”

The main picture shows Austin House, for Years 7 and 8, competing in their first round match. There is also a team picture of the St Bede’s debating team.

The Debating Society is one of the many academic enrichment and co-curricular opportunities available at Worth.

Among the benefits of joining the Debating Society are learning presentation skills through effective speech composition and delivery, structure and organising thoughts, improving critical thinking, listening, teamwork and improving confidence.