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Rotary Youth Debate Success

We are delighted to share the success of three St John’s pupils, as they recently took part in the Rotary Youth Debate 2020, a national public speaking competition held by the Rotary Clubs across the country.

Senior pupils Ben, James and Lilia competed as a team in the senior level (aged 14-17) competition rounds, succeeding through the debating rounds against other local schools and then reaching the area semi-final in February.

A real credit to the School, we were delighted that the team fought off competitors to advance to the District Final. The team chose their own subject to research, prepare and debate - ‘Happiness is the business of government’. Once again, the St John’s team were victorious – winning the top team prize as well as two individual awards, with ‘Best Opposer’ and ‘Best Chair’.

The team were due to compete against teams from other regions in the Rotary South East Regional Final in March, with high hopes of proceeding through to the National Final in May. However, due to recent events the finals have been cancelled.

Head of Politics, Mr Thomas commented on this impressive achievement: ‘Although the competition came to an early end, we are very proud of Ben, James and Lilia. They have been fantastic representatives of the School, putting in a huge amount of hard work and determination’.  We were pleased to see Ben, James and Lilia were recently recognised for their recent achievements in the local newspaper.