On Saturday 9th November, a group of eight students travelled to the University of Birmingham for the Birmingham Schools’ Debating Competition. Throughout the day, students were involved in four challenging debates against students from other schools across the country. Cathy and Chloe, in the Lower Sixth, beat three other schools to win a debate on the motion, ‘Extinction Rebellion should prioritise targeting polluting corporations rather than governments’. Charlotte and Zaynah also won a debate, arguing for the motion, ‘This house would heavily subsidise female only video game companies’ and Jasmeen and Hanna won a debate arguing against the motion, ‘Automation is a net positive for the world’. Fatimah-Zahra and Alisha also defeated three other teams over the course of the day. All of the students improved a huge amount throughout the day, and greatly increased their confidence. It was thought provoking and a great experience that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
It has been wonderful to see our International Exchange Programme resume this academic year, providing a handful of Upper Fourth students the incredible opportunity to