A grounding in debating
Youth Speaks: A Debate, another long-standing nationwide competition run by Rotary across the country, aims at giving young people an experience in debating and public speaking that will benefit them forever.
Teams are drawn from senior schools and, depending on their age, compete in junior, intermediate or senior categories. Each team has three members – chairperson, proposer and opposer – who have 15 minutes to debate a subject of the team’s choice.
The winners in each age group go forward to the district heat… and maybe further. A team from Roundwood Park School is a past national winner and Beechwood Park School won the national final this year.