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Regional winners of 'Les Joutes Oratoires' 2018

Published on 19/02/18

Our 6th Form students become champions as they excel in regional French debating competition.

On Wednesday 7 February, three teams of keen francophiles from L6 and U6 made their way over to Perse Upper to take part in the regional French debating competition with other schools, including Oundle, Bedford Girls, Perse Upper and the Leys.

U6 and L6 students had to debate motions such as "The Olympic Games are more harmful than beneficial for the host city", "Marriage is no longer useful nowadays", "France should maintain its quota of francophone music on the radio", "We should lower down the age of vote to 16" and "Prison is a bad response to punish criminality". The competition was intense and there were emotional exchanges during the 'lutte acharnée'. This was all conducted in French bien sûr!

French Debating competition
Beth and Georgina in action

Georgina M and Beth S made it successfully through to the final again​​​​​st Perse Upper. The surprise motion was "Learning a language is useless nowadays". Beth and Georgina fought their corner well and defended all the benefits of not learning a language, so we were thrilled to see them win! We look forward to their participation in the national final in London on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Watch this space for the results.

Congratulations go to Beth S, Georgina M, Jack N, Megan T, Phoebe D, Vita W and Rhys D for participating, as well as to their teachers Mme Webster, Mme Cox, Mme Covez and Mme Parente for preparing them for this intense debating experience. Toutes nos félicitations!