London Middle School Debating Competition

On Wednesday 8th March two teams from St Catherine's took part in the London Middle School Debating Competition at Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. This involved teams from fifteen schools including North London Collegiate, Putney High and Tiffin Girls. The Year 11 team was Emilia Belligero and Charlotte Mantle and Year 8 was Natascha Jones and Maggie Campion.

The motion was an unseen one, given out with just 15 minutes to prepare for the debate, which is a great challenge as it tests girls' ability to think under pressure, their current affairs knowledge and then the ability to stand up and think on their feet. Unfortunately we did not get through to the final but we are building up our debating experience and will be doing many more competitions and matches against neighbouring schools; we are playing LEH next week.

Do encourage your daughter to come along to Debating Society on Thursday lunchtimes and to watch the news and engage with the world outside school.

James Skidmore MA (Oxon) Director of Studies