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Two teams took to the stage to compete in ESU debating events.

Representing Stonar for the first time in the ESU’s Mace competition, Sixth Formers Nina Fitzmaurice and Holly McManus spoke with eloquence and passion as they argued against the motion that the voting age should be lowered to 16. Both pupils presented themselves with real confidence and skill delivering prepared material and thinking on their feet as they battled verbally, toe to toe, with their opponents.  Although it was the first time we have competed in this particular adversarial ESU competition, the girls, to their great credit, were undaunted by the greater experience of their opponents. In the end, although we did not go through to the next round, it was an exciting learning event. Nina’s comment that ‘I have a really good idea now of exactly what techniques to use next time….bring it on !’ amply demonstrated the girls’ commendable fighting spirit. The whole evening  was impressive, featuring  as it did, well prepared and intellectually flexible Sixth form pupils who were more than prepared to face new challenges.

Year 11 pupils, Chloe Brown, Rosie MacAndrew, Nicole Amez- Droz, Emily Williamson, Milly Cooper and Angie Cunningham took part in the ESU public speaking competition at St Mary's School, Calne. On a freezing cold night the girls braved the elements and spoke to the audience with confidence and fluency. Many openly admitted they were nervous, but impressively, they all battled through to present with confidence and style. Ably assisted by supporters Molly Manwaring and Danielle Frost, our speakers Nicole and Chloe presented the two motions 'You've got to fight for your right to party' and 'Smart Phones, can they get any smarter? The girls represented themselves with genuine style and confidence. Head of English, Mr Dyde, commented that 'we are really beginning to establish a culture where speaking in public is something that the pupils are not afraid to try, right from Year 7.'



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