Cokethorpe students participated in the prestigious Cambridge School’s Union Debate on Wednesday 13 November at Cheney School.
Beth Mulloy (Lower Sixth, Swift) and Harry Lovibond (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) were runners up in their heat of the competition, and were singled out for praise by the adjudicator.
Cokethorpe’s second team, consisting of Aimee Epelle (Lower Sixth, Queen Anne) and Harry Norton-Shaw (Lower Sixth, Vanbrugh) faced the challenges of their first public competition with vigour and determination. They also finished second and both teams very narrowly missed going into the next round.
This event, which is run by members of The Cambridge Union, tests each student’s ability to think on their feet as well as work as part of a team. In addition to preparing to speak about planned topics, each team is given an unseen topic on the night and only twenty minutes to prepare their arguments. A total of 27 teams were entered in this year’s Oxfordshire event.
The debates at times were referred to as of a “University standard” by the judges. Cokethorpe’s team should be very proud of their performance.