Talented Trio Talk Their Way to Estonia
Three of our Sixth Form debaters are packing their passports after being invited to attend an international session of a prestigious debating competition.
Three of our Sixth Form debaters are packing their passports after being asked to attend an international session of a prestigious debating competition in Tallinn, Estonia. Peter Bayes, Emily Orme and Edward Salkield received the request from the national judging panel after strong performances in the four-day national final of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) competition in Liverpool this summer.
The trio were members of the 9-strong Kimbolton team who represented East Anglia in the final, which brought together over 120 delegates from 12 teams. The would-be MEPs had all reached this stage after winning one of 12 regional stages of the competition.
The aim of the National session was two-fold: for delegates to work together to discuss and reach a consensus on issues affecting them and the European Community as a whole, and to select a team to represent the United Kingdom at the International Session General Assembly in 2016.
Peter, Emily and Edward all impressed the judges with their debating skills while discussing important issues facing Europe including the refugee crisis, climate change, equality, and energy security.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: “We are extremely proud of our whole debating team. They all excelled both in terms of their thorough preparation for the competition, and with how they worked under pressure and expressed themselves over the four days. It is a great honour for Emily, Peter and Edward to receive this invitation and recognition and I am sure that they look forward to a fantastic experience in Tallinn.”
The 16th Estonian National Forum of EYP takes place 17-21 October 2015 in Tallinn and will gather around 150 participants from all around Europe. The theme of the session is "Light Sciences and Light Based Technology". Best of luck to our three delegates!