Debating Home and Away

Oxford Union Debates

A team of six Wycombe Abbey girls travelled to Oxford to debate in British Parliamentary style at the Oxford Union with other students from the South Central region of England. Each team won at least one of their debates, coming first out of four teams debating – this is a commendable feat, given the standard of the competition, and that this was the first such event for most of the girls attending.

Well done to Sarah, Semal, Nadia, Félicité, Levmini, and Chloe, and thank you to Ms Barone for organising and escorting this trip.

Cambridge Schools' Debates

On the same day, another group of six Wycombe girls travelled to St Paul's Girls' School, London to compete in the regional round of the Cambridge Schools' Debates. Though they did not progress to the next stage of the competition, they enjoyed a day of debates and valuable feedback from experienced adjudicators and have returned enthusiastic about the potential to compete again and test their mettle in future competitions.

Well done to Lizzie, Iyala, Zara, Lizzy, Sunny, and Flora, and thank you to Miss Flather for escorting the trip and to Ms Barone for organising it.

In School

At Wycombe, the first-round winners of the Junior House ‘Just-A-Minute' Competition met to decide which House would win the debating final.

LIV and UIV were entertained by a succession of gifted speakers, who were able to argue eloquently for their character. Well done to all the girls who took part in this event, especially for the enthusiasm they showed in getting into character.

Congratulations to Rubens (Melissa as Olaf from Frozen) and Butler (Izzy as a Minion), who have won best overall speakers. Many thanks to the LVI House Debating Representatives for their work in getting competitors ready and being supportive on the night. Thank you as well to Housemistresses, Assistant Housemistresses and other House staff who supported the in-House round and who came to cheer on their House at the final. Finally, thank you to Ms Barone for organising and co-ordinating the event.