The highlight for me this this week was undoubtedly having the privilege to act as one of the judges at the GLF Debating competition which we hosted yesterday. It was a pleasure to see students from across the GLF secondary schools conduct themselves with such confidence, intelligence and maturity. The de Stafford team consisting of Katie Conway, Lottie Cooper-Beirne and Megan Thomas impressed the judges (not just me!) in their opening round to ensure they secured a place in the final where they faced last year’s runners-up, Rosebery. In an engaging and passionate encounter, the de Stafford team expertly argued against the motion that ‘all schools should be made single-sex’ having had just 20 minutes to prepare their thoughts. The quality of debating from both teams was of the highest order but de Stafford deservedly emerged as the winners and will look to defend their title next year!
Many thanks to Mrs Cassie for taking the lead on this and hosting such a fantastic competition, ably assisted by Jess Ankers, Liberty Thompson, Neave Blake, Mikayla Tozer, Hannah Crutchley, Amelia Borman, Maddie Snow and Caitlin Cardy (pictured below).