We are incredibly proud to announce that Elmhurst's debating team has been crowned the second best in the whole country after a hugely successful season in Debate Mate's Urban Debating League. The league has been running all year and saw 90 schools from the length and breadth of England vie for the title of the country's top primary debaters.
Following several hotly contested heats, our team of Year 6s were ranked 2nd, as so were invited to Monday's finals, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where the top eight teams (hailing from London, Manchester and Birmingham) were pitted against each other in a nail-biting but hugely fun day.
Our team, made up of Aaliyah, Zara, Vidhi, Shumayah, Subhan and Dion, made the perfect start to the competition. They romped to two consecutive victories when discussing the motions 'This house believes that all children should have a mobile phone' against Manchester's Irk Valley Primary and 'This house would dedicate more time to arts subjects such as music, drama, art and dance in school' in opposition to Montgomery Primary from Birmingham.
Not only did they win their bouts but, scoring 151 points out of a possible 200, they were secured second place after the team from Manchester's Plymouth Grove Primary, who recorded 160 points. This meant the two teams qualified for the ultimate grand final, which took place in front of the other six schools.
The final motion was 'This house would introduce a curfew for everyone under 16' and the Elmhursters were speaking in opposition. The children did themselves and the school incredibly proud, putting in a strong performance, but were just edged out by the very composed and polished Mancunian team. The judges had nothing but kind words to say about Elmhurst, explaining that the decision was very close and that, in terms of style and confidence, the two squads could not be separated.
This continues our stellar year for debating at Elmhurst. We have already been crowned London champion's in the Debate Mate London Cup and therefore qualified to take part in the national cup at Oxford University on June 4th. Tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd May), sees our team compete in the final round of the East London League, in which we are currently ranked first. We also have the East London Cup yet to come in June and, having won this accolade last year, we will be hoping to retain our crown!