January Debate News


ESU Public Speaking Competition – Oxford Finals
On Tuesday 12th January the Y10 Public Speaking team – Tilly Vere, Caroline Archer and Hannah Budd represented Chenderit at the ESU Public Speaking Competition area finals at Oxford Spires School. Teams from many of the regions schools took part in the preliminary rounds and the best won their place in the final alongside the Chenderit team. The Chenderit team were not successful in their bid to represent the region at the national finals but were commended by the judges and Hannah Budd was named the ‘Best Questioner’ in the Oxford region.

English Speaking Union – Mace Debating Competition
On Monday 25th January the ESU Mace Team joined schools from across the region who had won their preliminary rounds, at Stowe school for the local finals of this the largest debating competition in the country. Lucy Koster and Joey Robson represented Chenderit and narrowly failed to achieve a place in the national final missing out by 1 point on a split decision by the three judges.

Holocaust Memorial Day Debates
On Tuesday 26th January students from Chenderit joined representatives from other local schools at Tudor Hall School in Bloxham to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day by debating key issues associated with the holocaust. Naomi Atkins, Victoria Buxton, Alex Dascalescu, Elizabeth Jennings, Alasdair Jordan, Lucy Koster, Laila Milsom, Alisha Raffe, Emma Taylor, Rebecca Tomalin, Harris Turner and Aaliyah Yaqub represented Chenderit at the event.

Cambridge Schools Debating Competition 2016
On Saturday 30th January the Chenderit British Parliamentary Debate team went to Wallingford to spend an entire day debating with the best teams in the South East in the Regional Finals of the Cambridge Schools Competition. The Chenderit teams – Joey Robson, Lucy Koster, Elisabeth Jennings and James Shelton made a magnificent effort and Chenderit A nearly made it to the National Final coming sixth overall. An excellent achievement: the best ever from a Chenderit team in this competition.

Poetry by Heart 2016 On Sunday 31st January, Sophie Paul the winner of the Chenderit ‘Poetry by Heart’ competition and our representative at the regional finals in Oxford on Tuesday was interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford’s Will Gompertz show. She recited one of the poems she will be performing on Tuesday evening at the Old Fire Station Theatre in Oxford when she will be competing with 9 other winners of school competitions for a place in the national final in Cambridge in the spring.

Prom Showcase Extravaganza evening on Thursday 11th February
The Chenderit School Association is hosting a Prom Showcase Extravaganza evening on Thursday 11th February at Chenderit School from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. We shall have local suppliers with prom dresses, tiaras and accessories, make up and make-up artists, hair stylists, prom transport hire companies, nail technicians, corsages and photography companies. Refreshments will be available. Entrance is £1.

Jane Cartwright
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