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Wednesfield Debating Success

Four Year 8 and 9 students from Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy became regional champions Friday night in the regional final of the Debate Mate competition.

Eight pupils visited the University of Birmingham to compete in the competition. They had been preparing since April, attending weekly after-school training sessions with a mentor from the organisation. The group were split into two teams and debated against teams from other schools across Wolverhampton and Birmingham on issues regarding eco-terrorism and non-essential cosmetic surgery. During the day, one of the teams were awarded one of the highest marks that the judge had ever given to a team!

The motion for the final debate was "This house would allow the British police to bear arms" and the winning team made up of Rhea Dhillon (yr9), Millie Cox (yr8), Tom Parker (yr9) and Arjun Binning (yr9) were instructed to argue in support of it. They did absolutely brilliantly against a very capable team and were awarded the champions cup. In June, they will travel to London to represent their school and the Wolverhampton/Birmingham area in the Grand Final, which will be held at either the Deutsche Bank headquarters or the House of Lords (the venue is yet to be confirmed.)

The other team which consisted of Jobanpreet Atwal (yr9), Rhia Taheem (yr9), Pravir Jandu (yr9) and Taran Bains (yr8) made fantastic progress throughout the competition.