Our Year 10 debaters have excelled themselves again!
The North West Round of The International Competition for Young Debaters (IYCD) 2019 was held at The Grange School in Northwich this last weekend, the ICYD being an annual debating competition in the British Parliamentary (BP) format for students in Year 10 and below.
Urmston Grammar School’s Year 10 Debaters had already excelled at Lancaster University and Manchester University Competitions earlier this academic year, competing against much older students from other schools and sixth forms across the country. So, when coming up against the best debaters of their own age throughout the North West, it was no great surprise when they came out on top. Two of the three Urmston Grammar teams made it to the regional final, with one of these teams triumphing and so going through to the Grand Final in Cambridge at the end of April.
Debating such topics as abolishing the Monarchy, whether Social Media has brought us more harm than good, selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, and giving prisoners the vote in the UK, our debating teams – Estelle Horton-Clarke and Rosie Cobb, Jodie Roberts and Jemma Rust, Ange Boli and Harriet Short – put in excellent performances, having just fifteen minutes to prepare each of their cases. The judges form Cambridge University were highly impressed.
The ICYD Final this year will be hosted at the Cambridge Union. Built in 1815, the Cambridge Union is the oldest speaking Union in the world, and has a rich history of controversial debates and influential speakers. Speakers who have addressed the Union in the past include: the Dalai Lama, President Ronald Reagan, and Sir Winston Churchill. The tradition of high quality speakers continues to this day, with the Union recently hosting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and notable actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, to name but a few.
Representing the North west of England this year will be Urmston Grammar’s Harriet Short and Ange Boli. Ange and Harriet, we wish you every success!