Congratulations to Cirencester Sixth Form College’s Debating Society who have got through to the Regional Finals of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition.
The hosts were Alcester Grammar School, who were joined by teams from Stratford Girls’ Grammar School and Alderbrook Sixth Form.
First up were Tapi Kachik and Torin Brown who debated against the motion, ‘Social Egg Freezing Empowers Women.’ Alderbrook Grammar School debated for the motion. The judging panel concluded that Torin and Tapi formulated a punchy, reasoned argument and gave fantastic responses when challenged. They thought the pair had a great partnership, supporting and complimenting each other well.
Torin said, “ I found the first round of competition most enjoyable, it was very competitive and the tension in the room made for a great atmosphere!”
Tapi added, “Overall it was an intellectually stimulating experience. I benefitted from the whole process of researching then delivering the argument. These skills I feel will be a great asset in the future.”
Brad Frankham and Karrie Mead went next, having to debate against the motion, ‘There should be limits to free speech on social media.’ They were competing against Alcester Grammar School, debating for the motion. The judges praised the quality of the debate and felt both students were well prepared and had made a brilliant opening speech.
Brad said that “this was a unique experience, scary but exciting and it was great to have the opportunity to debate some interesting and powerful issues. I am really looking forward to the next round.”
Karrie added, “it was quite daunting at the beginning but once you got into the flow it was so rewarding, particularly getting the feedback from the judges. The Debating Society has helped improve my confidence which I know will help me in future interviews.”
The victorious students all agreed they would not have been able to do this without the help and support of their fellow students who were helping with all the research. This included Caroline Brodersen, Erin Wooden, Ethan Brown, Lorena Davis, Annabel Hill, Tom Schaffner, Georgia Morgan, Eddy Sewell and Lydia Zioupos.
The students were led by Law lecturer Daniel Nield and English lecturer Sara Jennings who are dedicated to promote and develop students transferrable skills ready for university or the world of work. The students are now through to the regional finals, which will take place on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at Leicester University.