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Curriculum: Pink & Green Debating Teams Tie for First Place at Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

Congratulations to the RLS debating teams who took part in the Youth Speaks competition yesterday evening, hosted by Truro Rotary at Carnon Downs Methodist Church Hall. For the first time this year, the Youth Speaks competition has adopted a new debate format where each team consists of three members with each taking a specific role: a Chairperson, a Proposer (speaking for the motion) and an Opposer (speaking against the motion).  Teams are allocated a total of 15 minutes to present their debate with the recommendation that both the Proposer and Opposer speak for 5 minutes with the Chairperson taking up the remaining 5 minutes for the introductions, a question and summing up.
A system of lights is used to indicate times: Green – start;   Amber – one minute to go (14 minutes);   Red – end of allocated time (15 minutes). If a team goes over time, penalty points are incurred.

Our Y8 ‘Pink’ team debated ‘Gender equality is an impossibility’

Our Y8/9 ‘Green’ team debated ‘Climate change is the greatest threat in human history’

Both ‘Pink’ and ‘Green’ performed superbly; presenting well-researched, well-expressed arguments with passion and pizazz to an engaged audience. After an interval for refreshments, the results of the competition were announced. The judging panel found it too difficult to choose between the two excellent RLS teams and decided to send both on to the next round which will take place at Camborne Academy next Thursday at 4pm. We are delighted with this very fair result and would like to thank Truro Rotary for all their hard work organising the competition. Best of luck to both teams next Thursday!

Next Monday, in pm tutor, Godrervy and Towan will converge in the Hall for the inter-community debate final. The topic is ‘This house believes it is a disadvantage to live in Cornwall.’ 


Richard Lander School