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Hard fought debating brings schools togetherMarch 4th, 2016
On Tuesday 23rd February, Monmouth School hosted the second annual 6.2 French debate. Four schools from the local area put forward teams of three a-level French students; Monmouth School, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls and Crickhowell High School. This year’s motion was “It is unrealistic to imagine a future without nuclear energy”, with last year’s victors Monmouth School debating for the motion against Monmouth Comprehensive in the first round.
As the format dictated, both teams made short presentations before giving both the opposing team and the audience an opportunity to ask questions. The debate proved to be a very close finish, with Monmouth Comprehensive prevailing in a one point victory to go through to the final round.
The second heat comprised of HMSG and Crickhowell, with HMSG debating for the motion. Once again the standard was high on both teams, and an equally difficult decision for the judges resulted in an eventual close win for the team from HMSG. There was then
a short break for refreshments,during which both winning teams prepared a new presentation on the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energies. During the final round, both teams presented their points without questions, and after a lengthy discussion between the judges, they decided the team from Monmouth Comprehensive were the winners.
We look forward to hopefully welcoming back the 6.2 students of these schools next year- the debate was a great success and proved excellent preparation for the oral exams later in the year for all involved- well done to those who competed!