Senior team - Update from Ms. Colleen Usher
Seniors ready for their opening ceremony and scavenger hunt.
Many new friends were made today as students were mixed into different teams to work as a group. After a successful hunt students socialised with others and had their tea.
They then returned home to complete some last minute cramming taking in all the information gathered in the opening ceremony. However it will be an early night tonight as it is a 4:30am alarm call for seniors to get their buses to the Epsom school ready for their debating. Go BSB :)
Junior Team – Update from Mr. Martin Harrison
Today saw our young scholars up at 5:30, as an early breakfast needed in order to get to the Petronas Towers for a 7:00 coach departure to Epsom College. It was a long journey that took over an hour and found the juniors stealing back some sleep on the way.
It was a swift start for our students who were thrown into the fray from the start. The students were split into two teams of three, Team Penguins and Team Emus. Claire, Jeremy and Konnor were sent into face the debate round whilst Alex, Banu and George drew their pens for the Collaborative Writing round. Both teams swapped challenges midway through the day. They faced some real tough competition and had to grapple with six daunting topics.
The Penguins, in Round One, took on 'Children should follow their parents cultural beliefs', 'Men make better revolutionaries' and 'We should invent an invisibility cloak'. The Emus wrestled with 'Robots would make the best police officers', 'The best government governs least' and 'Batman deserves a Nobel Peace Prize'.
The Penguins won two matches out of three, whereas the Emus won one of their three. They remained ever optimistic as, in the words of Konnor, 'it's in the writing that we always triumph!'
The day ended at 17:30 when we boarded the coach back, finally landing at 19:10. We made our, what is now becoming routine, stop off at the 7/11 on our way back to the hotel for brain food i.e. Chocolate, crisps and slush puppies. Who am I to argue with the future leaders of tomorrow? After such a gruelling day, I thought that they would want to head straight to bed but no, they asked if they could meet together to revise for tomorrow's round! Now that is dedication for you!