The Power of Persuasive Speech
We are so proud to let you know that last week’s debating success was rounded off by the Upper School who came second in Friday’s Guildford District Final of the English Speaking Union. The girls fulfilled individual roles, working independently to bring success for the team, Fifth Former Imogen was Guest Speaker on Gordon’s School Team 1 debating ‘Is the fact we are reading more books more important that the quality of what we are reading?’, Fifth Former’s Emily and Lucy were Chair and Questioner respectively on Prior’s Field School Team 1 discussing ‘Is the Pen mightier than the Sword’. The team were outstanding in this professional and challenging environment, and certainly deserve their place on the podium.
Not to be outdone by the successes of the debating clubs, the English department took up the debating baton this week. Mrs McGarry reports ‘Things got very heated in my Third Form English lessons this week as the girls got stuck into an Oxford style debate with the motion ‘This house believes Barbie dolls are damaging for girls’.
Sacha was commended for her passionate summary for the motion and Issi and Georgie were riddled with frustration at the rules of not interrupting! Millie and Emily took their judging very seriously and with fellow judges Jessica and Vanessa, delivered fair verdicts.
The girls conducted themselves with great aplomb and there are many potential debaters for our growing debating teams.’