Students Tackle Important Mealtime Issue in Youth Speaks Competition

A debating team comprising three Year 7 students joined Stover and Teign Schools as part of the ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot.

The competition, held on 25 February, saw five teams from the three schools debating topics of their own choice, including ‘Are SATs necessary?’, ‘Should we be importing food from other countries?’ and ‘Should gender stereotypes in school sports exist?’, with the winning teams progressing to the district heats due to be held at Bodmin College.

L-R Olivia Knibb, Sallie Monaghan and Matilda Slee with representatives from Newton Abbot Rotary Club
L-R Olivia Knibb, Sallie Monaghan and Matilda Slee with representatives from Newton Abbot Rotary Club

The College team had spent three weeks researching their topic ‘Should school meals be free to all students?’ with Olivia Knibb arguing for the proposal, Matilda Slee against and Sallie Monaghan acting as Chairperson. As part of their interest in public speaking, the trio will be running the College’s Debate Club and will be organising tutor debating activities over the coming months to promote the club to the rest of the College community.

Their performance was outstanding, with Debate Club Leader and Teacher of English, Rebecca Knibb, saying: “I have been really impressed with these Year 7 students and all the hard work they have put in to the process. They researched a topic they felt truly passionate about and spoke with such confidence on the day.”

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