Speaking up and speaking out is exactly what a group of students from 3rd ESO and Pre U 1 did during this last weekend.
On Friday 12th we travelled to Madrid to take part in an Academic Debating competition organized by the association of Independent Schools CICAE, of which St. Peter’s is a member. The debate is called “Liga Debate” and was hosted by the “Virgen de Europa” school.
“Are Technological Giants Positive for the World?”. Our pupils spent the first two days debating this question both in English and Spanish.
Yesterday the final league table was announced and the good news is that our three teams* have all classified for the Final Round in April. Furthermore, three of our team members (Carolina, Esteve and Sofia) have also been nominated as “Best Speakers” at the event.
* 3rd ESO participants:
Darío Dueñas/ Simar Kalra/Blanca Piera/Ariadna Valls/Esteve Company/ Daniela de la Peña/Selin Kalcanci/ Isabella Gucci/ Alex Blasco/Carolina Cossovan
* Pre U 1 participants:
Sonia Gantimurova/Alex González/Javier Montané/Sofia Medina
“It was so rewarding to see how our students went from strength to strength during the debating sessions. We were all also able to watch others debating and learnt a lot from that too. Each time our teams debated they grew in confidence and their oratory skills improved immensely over the two days we were there, “ says Miss Sarah Dowsett who trained the Pre U 1 team.
After all that hard work we spent the Sunday at leisure, seeing the typical sights in Madrid before returning to Barcelona on the Sunday evening.
“I recognised that the students enjoyed the experience very much. Traveling to the capital city, sharing the same interest with student from other schools and the feedback they got from the communication experts after the debate”, says Mr Ignasi Alcobé, Catalan teacher at St Peter´s School.
Now it´s time for the three teams that classified to start preparing for the next round!!