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Teaching students lifelong skills

Tue, Jun 14th, 2022
Worth School

One of our students who helped Worth win a national competition has talked about how joining the Debating Society has helped improve and utilise skills such as logic and rhetoric to achieve a goal.

The Senior Debating Society recently won the Ethics Cup, a prestigious, national debating competition with the final being held at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Worth offers both a Senior and Junior Debating Society through the broad-ranging co-curricular programme at the School and winning the Ethics Cup was the latest and most impressive of a number of successes for the Debating Society since it was reintroduced. But it is not just about being successful; it is about equipping students with skills which will serve them well as they move forward in life.

We asked one of our students, Efosa, to talk about the Ethics Cup and what the experience was like. Efosa said: “Competitive debate teaches you to ameliorate and utilise skills such as logic and rhetoric to achieve a goal. The goal in question is to completely nullify and invalidate your opponent’s argument, in order to strengthen your own.

“But the Ethics Cup was less traditional in this scene. The competition was formed as a way for young people to have a more collaborative environment to discuss and learn about ethical issues. From the morality of risks to the morality of anti-natalism, with the help of Mr Bindloss, Head of Theology and Philosophy, we learnt to dissect these topics and convey our takes on them to the judges.

“The opportunity to travel to St Andrews will always be memorable as not only did we get to debate on a national level, but we also had an insightful tour of the university and the chance to become closer with friends.”

Debating is just one of many societies we offer at Worth.

To find out what else we offer click here.