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Girls debate their way to regional final

 The Stamford High School debating team, consisting of Year 13 pupils Beth Cameron and Rebecca Burney, won the area round of the 2012 English Speaking Union’s Mace competition, hosted by The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln.

Competing against three other schools, including Stamford School, Beth and Rebecca were arguing the proposition “This House believes being raised in a religion is harmful to children, who should be allowed to choose for themselves as adults” against good opposition from Priory School.

The girls were incisive in their arguments and examples, and expressed themselves fluently and confidently. They were also very attacking and quick-thinking with their points of information. The judges’ feedback included fulsome praise for these qualities.

Isla Matthews, English teacher and debating team coach, said “Beth and Rebecca worked tremendously hard preparing for the debate and they were an absolute credit to the school. The next round will be very challenging, but Beth and Rebecca have developed into formidable debaters and they are both very excited.”

The girls now go through to the regional round of the national competition. Here they will be up against five other schools, who are the best debating teams in the whole of the central region. If they get through this round, they will go to the England final in London.

In the same round, the Stamford School team, of Johannes Kangur and Matthew Pennill, were opposing the motion “This House would give harsher punishments to celebrities who commit crimes” against Thomas Rotherham College. Although Stamford School did not progress through to the next round, they were chosen as runners-up for the heat by the judges, who described the boys as “statesmanlike.”