BSB students participated in the International Debate Festival last week on 14th & 15th May held at the French International School of Beijing. BSB put in an admirable performance, only losing (in typically British footballing manner!) to the eventual winners by 1 point out of 120.
Having to research seven motions was a particular challenge, but one embraced by our student debate team of Emma Le, Sabrina Wang, Cathleen Loh and Sunny Hwang (who cryptically name themselves F5!). The new format of a British parliamentary debate - somewhat different to the usual World Scholar's Cup style - was embraced with their usual panache. Their judged-moderated point total was the third best out of nine teams, and they put in perhaps the closest contested (and most exciting) debate.
With prestigious attendance by the French Development Agency, who determined the motions, the festival ended on an epic final in which a team Dulwich eventually triumphed.
Sunny Hwang said, “Although we did not win, we enjoyed a great time. The debate was really competitive with both sides rebutting the points of the other. We got better as a team and want to do even better next year.”
A special Thank You to Edward Davenport, Salina Sankar, and David Cairns for support with the training, judging and support of our debate team. With debating on Global Classroom and external events building upon our continued success in the World Scholar's Cup (with even more students going onto the Global Rounds), our students can only get better.
Update from: Mr. Gregory Anderson, Teacher of English, Global Classroom Coordinator