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This week the Rotary Club's annual public speaking competition Youth Speaks was held. The team from Sutton Valence School consisted of Anton Evans (Upper Sixth, senior speaker) and William Grabowski (Third Form, intermediate speaker), backed up by two Upper Sixth, Pavlina Skodova as chairperson and Ana-Maria Berdant giving the vote of thanks. All of them had rehearsed their speeches very thoroughly and learned them by heart. Will spoke about the energy we will use after the fossil fuels run out, while Anton addressed the question Why vote?

This year we had to cope with even tougher competition than usual, especially from our arch-rivals, Cranbrook School. Despite this, we came back with the most prestigious prize, and the enormous trophy, for senior speaker - for the fourth year in succession! Many congratulations to Anton Evans.
At the end of last week, four of our Sixth Form pupils participated in the fiercely competitive SE Regional round of the Oxford Union Debating Society on Monday evening, held at Ashford School. They had only fifteen minutes each to prepare their arguments on the two motions: This House would privatise the police force and This House would introduce vocational school along-side academies. All four performed very well indeed, placing us certainly in the top half of a very strong field of 18 schools, taking part from across Kent and Sussex. Our thanks to Alex Allsebrook, Ed Collins (U6th) and Kate Vernon and Matt Newman (L6th). Kate and Matt have definitely got the debating bug and want to return next year to improve their position.
It is great to see that the very important skills of reasoning, constructing an argument and public speaking are very much alive at Sutton Valence School.


Published: February 4 2013

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