“Every candidate goes into every debate hoping that they can own a particular moment “
Our students definitely owned their moments last night at our first Trust Debating Competition! This saw our secondary schools Beckfoot, Beckfoot Upper Heaton, Beckfoot Oakbank and Beckfoot Thornton battle it out to be crowned the first Trust debate winners. It was a truly special event and perfectly showcased the ambition, resilience and collaborative nature of our brilliant Trust students. The students who debated showed excellent talent, something the Trust cannot wait to develop and nurture.
The students debated issues surrounding immigration, the death penalty, education and voting as well as debating if war can ever be justified. Despite facing challenging topics, every debater rose to the challenge and articulated their points with conviction, intellect and passion. The debaters faced three rounds of tough debates, cross examination and pressing questions from the audience.
Harry from Oakbank challenged the finalists about the justification of war when analysing the events during WW2 and Zara from Beckfoot challenged the finalists about the current war in Syria. Gracie from Beckfoot Thornton eloquently highlighted the positives of immigration and Azaan from Beckfoot Upper Heaton articulated points about the economy, NHS and education.
Our distinguished judging panel of David Horn, Adam Varley, Nicki Flynn and Charlie Tebbutt had their work cut out trying to choose winners when the standards were so high. Well done to Elizabeth and Amina from Beckfoot who were crowned the first winners of the debate.
Congratulations to all those who competed and did their schools proud: Miad, Azaan, Subhaan, Rachel, Gracie, Louis, Evelyn, Abigael, Megan ,Harry, Darnell , Aliyah ,Amina, Zara, Elizabeth and Amina.