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    Debaters Talk Their Way into National Final

    Sixth Form students win the East Anglia European Youth Parliament debating competition.

    Kimbolton students have won the East Anglia regional heat of the European Youth Parliament Debating Competition – for the fourth time in five years. Our team of eight would-be MEPs finished ahead of other schools from the area, in a thrilling live debate at Girton College, Cambridge on 13 March. Kimbolton will now represent East Anglia at the National Final in Liverpool later this year.

    Our Sixth Form team of Aryaki Soni, Alice Jenkins, Alicia Blem Filby, Francesca Mauro, Lloyd Harper, Max Thomas, Emma Blakey and Finn McMurray were commended for their constructive and well researched contributions to debate and their excellent teamwork.

    Emma, Max and Fran made impressive, carefully crafted set piece speeches on issues including anti-Semitism in member states and the issue of Russian interference in EU elections, whilst Aryaki, Alice, Alicia ensured that the resolution we proposed on climate change was accepted by the parliament as a whole.

    Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: “Congratulations to the whole team - we look forward to hearing about their exploits at the 4-day event in Liverpool 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.

    Find out more at: eypuk.co.uk and eyp.org.