Students shine in debating challenge

March 27 2017

TWO pupils from Chipping Sodbury School were named the best debating team in an annual challenge for students.

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TWO pupils from Chipping Sodbury School were named the best debating team in an annual challenge for students.

Maddie Brindle and Alice Doody spoke against a motion that a world without computers would be a happier place. 

Ellie Ridler, from Brimsham Green School, Yate, was judged to have given the best speech in support of a motion, while the school’s Olivia Willey won the award for giving the best speech against a motion.

The Youth Speaks contest run by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club involved year eight pupils from the two schools and this year was hosted by Brimsham Green.

Those taking part received coaching from club members, with topics for debate ranging from the validity of climate change to the value of democracy. 

Keith Patterson, chairman of the Rotary club’s youth projects committee, said: “It’s been a fascinating few months getting to know the students and introducing them to the art of debating.

“The ability to support personal opinions with strong reasoning and argument is a valuable skill that should benefit them throughout their lives.” 

 Kim Garland, Brimsham Green’s head teacher, said she was proud to hear all the students from both schools as they debated significant topics.

She said: “Their research and understanding of the subjects was a huge credit to them.”