Unfortunately, Monday continued the pattern of wind and rain, so our students retreated to the Oxford Union for an indoor afternoon. Everyone was wowed by the splendour of the building, which has played host to numerous famous speakers, from Bernie Sanders to Anna Wintour! Its next incredible speakers – the students of the Oxford Scholastica Academy 2017 Debating Masterclass!
For some students, the class was their first introduction to debating, but for others it was an exciting new stage on which to showcase their debating skills after weeks or months of practice.
First, everyone was taught the basics of the British Parliamentary style of debate – the international standard for university-level competitive debating. Then students split into teams to practice for the competition. All our teams performed amazingly – particularly as it was many of the students’ first debate, and they were dealing with complex topics such as single-sex education, and euthanasia.