We were very fortunate to be able to attend the yearly debating competition at Oratory School this year. Shrikumar Anand, Anish Chatterjee, and Daniel Woolaghan, who had all participated in Mrs. Gillow’s debating hobby last term, were selected to represent Crosfields. It was a first time experience for the boys, and they had a great day learning some important debating skills as well as getting the chance to meet other Year 6 boys from the other schools attending. A synopsis of the boys’ accounts of the day are found below:
Our day started when we were separated into groups with the other boys from the 8 schools attending. Each group attended three workshops during the course of the morning. The workshops consisted of three games: Just a Minute, to improve our speech by helping us not to hesitate, pause or repeat ourselves, the Hot Air Balloon Game, to help us with our persuasive speech and finally a mini debate to prepare us for the afternoon and use the skills we had just learnt.
Soon after, we walked to the lunch hall. To my consternation, a man was offering insects with food. We had the option (encouraged by the headmaster) of eating bugs! Daniel and Anish ate Mealworm Chocolate mousse. Yes, real mealworms, but they weren’t as bad as they sound.
In the afternoon, it was time for the debate. It was nerve wracking for us going first. We were arguing against ‘This house believes that top sports stars should earn millions.’ Shrikumar started with the opening statements, Daniel did the main facts and Anish did the conclusion. Both schools gave good arguments for and against.
And finally, from Shrikumar “Unfortunately we weren’t winners or runners-up, but we had a really good experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
And from Daniel “It was an enjoyable day and we learnt new skills for future debates.”
Well done Year 6 debaters!