Debating at MPW
Debating is widely recognised as an excellent preparation for the critical thinking skills required at A level, university and for the presentations often required in interviews. As part of Enrichment this year, room G2 has echoed to the sounds of lively debates, ranging from what students would do if “I ruled the world” through to population controls and equality in developing nations, all great preparation for our English Speaking Union and Model United Nations events.
Every Tuesday afternoon a debating session is held in the college enrichment period. The session is optional and caters for students who want to become more confident when speaking as well as those who aspire to one day take part in Prime Minister’s Questions. There is a supportive and inclusive ethos within the debating team.
In December, the team made up of Linh Tran, Rita Dandekar and Anna Faquharson competed against King Edward VI Handsworth School at Handsworth Grammar School. Supporters of the team included parents, guardians, and friends, along with members of MPW staff, showing that there is a spirit of community in the feisty world of debating.
The topic, This House would Tie Development Aid to the Enforcement of Population Control Mechanisms, certainly engendered strong views both in the Debating group and in the competition and Linh and Riya gave passionate and well-argued speeches, showing their versatility through their determined response to challenges from their opponents and the audience.
Shakespeare said of Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream “Though she be but little, she is fierce” and the same could be applied to both students! We look forward to taking part in MUN and ESU next year and will be expanding our repertoire of events, both in and out of college.