We are entering two teams in each of the new Intermediate and Senior ‘Rotary Youth Speaks Debate’ competitions. As the debating format is new and information came to schools late there are apparently few entries and so we have just been informed that the Intermediate and Senior competitions will now happen on the same evening of Thursday 16th January 2020. This year Wychwood are hosting the competition and competitors and supporters are invited to arrive from 6.00pm for this 6.30pm start. Light refreshments will be available.
Our Intermediate teams are:
A (Bring On Adversity): Ms Sherlock
Chair: Emilia Moss
Proposer: Olivia Pasley (Motion: success is more likely if we come to it through adversity).
Opposition: Isobel Evans
B (World Trade): Mr Humphreys
Chair: Elizabeth Newman
Proposer: Teresa Garcia-Ribiero (Motion to be confirmed)
Opposition: Margaux Welker
Our Senior teams are:
A (Superhero: antihero): Ms Sherlock
Chair: Natalie Cooke
Proposer: Sophie Solovieva (Motion: Superheroes are bad influences on children)
Opposition: Anuoluwa Sofoluwe
B (Underdog, puppydog): Ms Sherlock
Chair: Rebecca Smith
Proposer: Mabel Kinnings (Motion: Our society favours the underdog)
Opposition: Azahara Fitzgerald
The event usually starts promptly at 6.30pm and then we hear from a selection of teams from Oxford schools, who are then judged in an interval, and feedback follows. The event is usually finished by around 9.00pm but obviously this depends on the numbers of teams. This year teams speak for a total of 15 minutes rather than the 10 minute presentations of the past. Supporters are encouraged and valued, and this guarantees you are in the warm and completely aware of the precise finish time! It would be lovely if you could join us for the event, which is a very valuable learning experience and a great opportunity for the girls. Please could you let me know how your daughter will be collected from Wychwood by completing the form opposite.
Much of the marking in the competition relies on the chemistry within the groups and so it is crucial that the girls have some time to perform and rehearse together. As the competition is just 8 days into term however I am sure that you have heard the individual speeches rather a lot over the holidays as the girls were aware that most rehearsal clearly needed to happen at home! We have a rehearsal schedule that we will look to implement across the week in advance of the competition. We will use lunchtimes and first prep after-school to rehearse the teams. Many thanks, as ever, for your support of the girls’ activities. Thank also to Mr Humphreys for supporting one of the Intermediate teams.