This week we have been busy with more sporting fixtures and a big debate day on Wednesday.
The Under 14 Boys and Girls squads headed to the American International School last Thursday for our first volleyball matches of the season. Any pre-season nerves were soon shed with comfortable victories for both squads. The boys were always in command of their match, winning both sets with room to spare. The girls fought off a spirited fightback from our opponents in the first set to win by two points. This gave our girls the confidence needed to win the second set in more commanding fashion.
Well done to both squads - bring on the next game!
On Wednesday, Ms Coates, Ms Penner, Mr Walsh, Mr Reid, Mr Routledge and Mr Duff organised a debate day and students from Years 8-10 took part in a full day of debating in a House competition. 48 teams competed to win points for their respective Houses, speaking at length on issues such as the use of single-use plastics, freedom of speech on the internet and the pros and cons of spending money on space exploration. The day culminated in two showcase debates in which the best speakers in the school competed for this year’s trophy in front of the entire of Key Stage Three and much of Key Stage Four. We were incredibly proud of how actively students from across the school got involved, voicing their opinions on difficult topics with confidence and clarity.
This day is an excellent opportunity for students to develop a whole range of skills including their English, public speaking as well as their ability to develop clear arguments and explanations. These are all skills that are very useful in their other courses as well as preparing them for life after school, and the students had a lot of fun doing it. Well done everyone!
Have a wonderful weekend.