Our debating team might be missing debating in real life at the moment, but we have been able to compete internationally instead. Two debates were held against Greenhills High School, Dallas, Texas, the current US national champions, and we were lucky to receive feedback from current and former members of the US national team, including Huệ Anh Cao, who was the top-ranked female speaker in the world in 2019 world schools championships.
Individual congratulations are also in order. Year 10 Anaira has been invited to Team England trials, while Meghan, also in year 10, has been invited as a reserve. This is an impressive feat as only about 30 debaters nationally make it to these trials, the majority from year 11 and above. The invitation follows Anaira and Meghan’s competitive success this term, after they placed first and second respectively in the St Paul's competition and Anaira, alongside year 12 Niamh, placed second in the Warwick Schools Competition.