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26/05/17

The correct answers to this week's quizzes are...

25/05/17

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Amazing trip to the Globe theatre with our delightful year 10's! https://t.co/C1Zj6LBaJR

25/05/17

The second group of Year 10 Geographers spent the day in Folkestone collecting data. And there was even time for... https://t.co/FFO6gftrEj

24/05/17

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Superb work from our year 9 science students Making and energy efficient home... maybe the future? #teacher https://t.co/5icgdTMxNC

24/05/17

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Superb revision for a level biology today! Students produced some phenomenal work! https://t.co/fmVMshlXi7

24/05/17

Scholars' Programme - Scholars' Programme - News - The Beacon School... https://t.co/gS7EuW6pZP

24/05/17

This week’s numeracy question. The correct answer on Friday. https://t.co/9j3wrDzIAX

24/05/17

This week’s literacy question. The correct answer on Friday. https://t.co/I47NVQPoS4

24/05/17

With just under 4 weeks to go till we hear the announcement of the winner of the Carnegie Award 2017, the... https://t.co/b7NSRxjSuB

19/05/17

The correct answers to this week's quizzes are...

17/05/17

This week’s numeracy question. The correct answer on Friday. https://t.co/RUytF8g7iV

17/05/17

This week’s literacy question. The correct answer on Friday. https://t.co/3LPyo0zQJ0

17/05/17

The first group of Year 10 Geographers this week have spent a successful and sunny day in Folkestone carrying out... https://t.co/Nw8QQgGaPP

16/05/17

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A super post. Give to receive more. Karma and Potlaches! 👍😀

16/05/17

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Superb work from year 11 revising P2 nuclear physics! https://t.co/XVHM2CU1pG

16/05/17

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Due to promotions within our team we have an exciting opportunity for a Science teacher to join us in September please dm me

15/05/17

This weeks active tutorials are. Year 7 – Kick It Out (Racism) Year 8 – Gender Prejudices Year 9 –... https://t.co/jGliZY9kZL

12/05/17

Year 10 and 11 students have visited Shakespeare’s Globe to watch an exciting and explosive production of Romeo... https://t.co/koLg6EB2Ug

Posted on: 10/05/2017

Up for Debate

On Wednesday 19th April, six Year 8 students took part in the ‘Up for Debate’ competition at Alleyn's School, Dulwich.  About 30 schools took part in this regional heat, with the winning team going forward to the national final later this term.  Our team consisted of three primary debaters - Tom Annetts, Oscar Borley and Kayleigh Sewell - and three floor speakers - Charlie Aird, Katie Mitchell and Rae Sarssam.

All teams had to take part in three debates – two motions already prepared at school and one impromptu debate for which the team only had a short time to pull together its arguments.   The first debate was about the censorship of music videos and lyrics with discriminatory content. As the Proposition, we were charged with arguing for censorship.  Each speaker put forward their ideas clearly and the team worked together to support each other throughout.  They led us to victory with our first win.  With confidence growing, the team argued in the second round for the retention of international adoption.  Again, a clear win – and feelings were running high.

The final stage of the day was the impromptu debate, perhaps the most testing of the activities.  This involved watching a short video about beauty before being charged with arguing for a ban on plastic surgery. Our three primary debaters brainstormed and organised their points, remaining cool under the pressure of only a 20 minutes planning time.  They faced another school that had also won its first two debates. They did an amazing job facing the final team but in the end the other team won by three points.  In their feedback, the judges were impressed with the performance from our school. Sadly, this was the end of the competition for us but we left knowing that we were incredibly successful in our first debating competition.

Mr Cuthbert and Ms Papworth are immensely proud of the performance of the team as well as they positive, resilient attitude to the whole day. They were relentless in their pursuit and we are already looking forward to our next competition!