Debate Mate Trip
On Tuesday 31st October, Mr. Burt and myself took 16 keen and enthusiastic Debate Maters to the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster to attend the 2017 Debate Mate launch.
On arrival at the Emmanuel Centre, the students met this years mentor who will be working with them in the upcoming weeks,. We then took our places in the grand hall and waited for the 'show' to start.
The students from Prendergast Vale were joined by nearly a thousand other debaters from other schools in London in order to attend the official launch of this years Debate Mate.
Firstly, the Programme Director of the successful charity told the attendees at the venue the plan for the upcoming year. The new structure of the programme was introduced, with details of the competitions that our students will be partaking in revealed. Furthermore, the debaters were reminded of the fact that they will potentially have a chance to compete and show off their debating skills at the House of Lords at the end of the year, if they are successful at the Urban Debate League.
After this, the students had the opportunity to watch a 'show debate.' PVS pupils were lucky enough to see 8 experienced debaters in action. The professional debaters have either been part of the English debating team, or have previously taken part in debates in the House of Lords. The motion for the debate was 'this house believes students should be able to elect their headmasters.' PVS watched this debate enthusiastically and came up with questions to ask the debaters at the end.
Overall, the day was a huge success with the students behaving perfectly throughout the day. A highlight was seeing the students so eager to be involved in the floor debate, with 5/6 students jumping out their seats trying to ask questions to the show debaters.
Daniella E Y8 -'Thanks so much for taking us yesterday, the trip was so good - I can't wait to get started'