TOUGH talking and intelligent debate has proved a winning combination for a group of talented teenagers at Sir John Deane’s College.
The students are members of the college debating society and have recently competed in the regional finals of two contests – the Rotary Club’s public speaking competition, and the Oxford Union Schools Debate Competition.
Matt Styles, principal speaker, Hugo Newell, chairman, and Christian Gowers discussed the issue of whether women should be allowed to fight on the front line in the Rotary Youth Speaks contest.
Two other teams – Hannah Alcock, Heidi Simms, James Wakeley and Stephen Davies – took part in the Oxford Union Schools Debate Competition.
They had 15 minutes to prepare arguments around two motions – ‘Violent video games should be banned’ and ‘Compulsory drug testing should be introduced in schools.’
College teacher Paul Allanach said the students put in a lot of effort and everyone was proud of them.