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Our students are winners in online debating competition

wo students representing Havering Sixth Form took part in an online debating competition during the lockdown and were crowned the winners.

Isabel Tookey and Harry Bruns, both A Level students who attend the college’s Debating Society each week, run by tutor Toby Marshall, volunteered at short notice to enter the contest, organised by the Battle of Ideas (boi) charity on behalf of Debating Matters.

They were asked to argue against the motion ‘Childhood vaccinations should be compulsory’ and coped extremely well with the new virtual format of debating online – essential during these unprecedented times.

Toby said: “We were asked at short notice to join the competition and Harry and Isabel only had about a day or so to prepare themselves, so I think all-in-all they did very well indeed.” 

Mo Lovatt, from the Battle of Ideas, said: “Harry and Isabel conducted a brilliant debate and should be really proud of themselves.  They worked so well as a team, had obviously done their research and they really thought carefully about the arguments they put forward.

“Their presentation was excellent and they deserved to win in the face of tough opposition.”

He added: “Debating Matters Online is a new initiative for us and we’re really glad to be able to do our bit to ensure there’s no intellectual lockdown when we’re all doing our bit to stay indoors.”

Harry said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my debate experience and it was a pleasure to debate alongside Isabel who was a fantastic team-mate and answered brilliantly to the questions we faced. Also a big thanks to Toby. Doing this during lockdown has been welcomed as I felt I achieved something and it definitely helped my debating skills.”

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