Students Join International Debate
In our best ever European Youth Parliament result, four of our Sixth Formers have been selected to represent the UK on the global stage.
In our best ever European Youth Parliament (EYP) debating result, four of our Upper Sixth Formers have been selected to represent the UK on the global stage. Ioana Diac, Oliver Hale, Emily Kenyon and Sherwin Robinson received the coveted invitation to an international session next year, following a superb performance at the European Youth Parliament (EYP) National Final in Liverpool earlier this month.
The foursome were members of the 9-strong Kimbolton team (pictured, bottom right) who represented East Anglia in the final, which brought together over 140 delegates from 14 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 2017. Ioana, Oliver, Emily and Sherwin all impressed the judges with their debating skills while discussing important issues facing Europe including: how to cooperate on security issues and defence, the impact of air travel on the environment, the promotion of mental health, and how to manage the growth of nano-technology.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement – and our best ever result in over ten years of entering this competition. The students clearly impressed the judges and their selection is well deserved recognition of their excellent research, teamwork and constructive contributions to committee work and debate during the competition.”
The European Youth Parliament is a non-partisan and independent educational programme for young European citizens. Its aim is to support the development of young people into politically aware and responsible citizens by involving them in European political thinking and promoting intercultural understanding.