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Strong Performances at ESU Debating Competition

 Debating teams from SHS (Y13 students Victoria Braid and Lilly Hives) and SS (Y13 students Joseph Begley and Matthew Kew) clashed in the first round of The English-Speaking Union Schools’ Debating competition, hosted this year in the Ancaster Studio and chaired by Year 12 student Genevieve Balmer. The teams wrangled over a weighty motion: “This House believes that developing states should prioritise improving the economic conditions of their poorest citizens over environmental concerns”. Both teams performed well but the end of the evening saw Stamford School and New College, Stamford go through to the next round of the competition, to be held next term. One of the three judges, university debater and Cambridge undergraduate Kitty Parker Brooks, praised the high standards of debating demonstrated by all four teams and gave the students some constructive advice for the next round.