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This year the Rotary Debating Competition for young people is being hosted by the 2019 winners, Teesdale School and Sixth Form.

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Hoped for outcomes for those competing include increasing their critical thinking skills; improving their ability to form balanced, informed arguments; growing their confidence and self-esteem and learning to be a team player. However, perhaps the best result is that it is an opportunity to have young people taken seriously whilst debating real world issues. And, as you can see, it is real world issues that will be debated.

  • The First Debate: “Has a competitive society created a knife crime epidemic?”
  • Arguing for the motion: Barnard Castle School
  • Arguing against the motion: Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Darlington
  • The Second Debate: “Childhood vaccinations should be compulsory”
  • Arguing for the motion: Teesdale School and Sixth Form
  • Arguing against the motion: All Saints Academy, Ingleby Barwick

The judging panel comprises:

  • Chair: Matthew Read, Director, The Bowes Centre for Art, Craft and Design
  • Rachel Dyne, Operations Director, Teesdale YMCA
  • Malcolm Warne, Communications consultant and former Editor of the Darlington & Stockton Times
  • Time and Date: 2pm Saturday 1st February 2020
  • Venue: Teesdale School and Sixth Form, Prospect Place, Barnard Castle DL12 8HH
  • Refreshments: Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available.
  • Cost: There is no cost to attend.

This is going to be an exciting day. Please do come along and support these young people – but especially those members of our two Interact clubs.

It would be helpful, for planning purposes, if you could let me, via the form below, know if you are to attend asap (don’t forget to bring your partners, friends and family).