Regional Success at European Youth Parliament
Kimbolton students win regional heat of debating competition – for the third successive year!
Kimbolton students have won the East Anglia regional heat of the European Youth Parliament Debating Competition – for the third successive year. Our team of eight would-be MEPs finished ahead of ten other schools across the region, in a thrilling live debate at Newnham College, Cambridge. Kimbolton will now represent East Anglia at the National Final in Liverpool later this year.
Lower Sixth Formers Angus Duncan, Grace Jessop, Ben King, Holly Lamb, Pippa Lowe, Freyja McLoughlin, Kiana Stokes, and Annabel Tompson were commended by the judging panel for their constructive and well-researched contributions to debate, and for their excellent teamwork. Ben, Freyja, Holly and Kiana all made impressive, carefully crafted set piece speeches on issues including European regulations on the sale of arms to the Middle East, and how the EU should react to the growth of hate speech and hate crimes in member states. Other issues debated included the feasibility of a Europe-wide sugar tax and how the EU should move forward in its relations with the USA, in the wake of the Trump presidency.
Special mention must also go to Upper Sixth Form student Ioana Diac who, in her new role as an EYP alumni, was the chief organiser of this East Anglia Forum. Needless to say, the event ran seamlessly (Ioana’s organisational role and the Kimbolton team victory are, however, unrelated as there was a separate unbiased jury!) On the back of her excellent performance in last year's national final, Ioana has since been selected to represent the UK in Portugal at an international forum at the beginning of the Easter holidays.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: “Congratulations to the whole team, and to Ioana. We look forward to hearing about their exploits in Liverpool and Portugal in due course.”
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.