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Debate Mate Day-Trip!

posted 22 Apr 2013, 08:09 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Apr 2013, 23:50 ]

Our Debate Mate team took part in the Regional Finals of the Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup on Thursday 18th April 2013. Head Girl Xara was a member of our team, and wrote an account of the day.
Debate Mate Day-Trip!

On Thursday 18th April, the fantastic Debate Mate team from Four Dwellings Academy took part in the regional finals for debating in Birmingham, competing in three gruelling debates at the University of Birmingham.

The day started off well with a pre-prepared debate focusing on whether all countries should have access to nuclear weapons. This was an interesting debate and Four Dwellings Academy did exceptionally well as one out of the two teams were successful.

After a quick break, the team got the exciting opportunity to watch Miss Martin in action as she performed a show debate on whether reality TV should be banned along with teachers and mentors from other schools. Miss Martin did very well and the Four Dwellings Academy team cheered her on proudly!

Then the second debate of the day looked at whether we should only imprison violent offenders. This was quite a controversial topic and once again, Four Dwellings Academy were successful! The third debate of the day was also very exciting and it looked into a current topic which was whether male and female sports should have equal coverage.

Even though we didn’t make it into the final, Four Dwellings Academy did very well and the team came in the top ten out of the 20-30 schools that took part. Miss Martin and Mr Starkie are very proud of the team and are looking forward to next year’s competition… Maybe it will be YOU on the debate mate stage next year! See Ms Martin for more information!


About Debate Mate
The Debate Mate programme engages young people, through debating, with the world beyond the classroom, addressing issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world through an activity they enjoy.
It is offered exclusively to non-selective state schools over a sixteen week programme, held for one hour on Wednesdays at Four Dwellings Academy. It is delivered by students from Birmingham University, and aims to develop communication, higher order thinking and teamwork skills whilst raising pupils’ aspirations and expectations through sustained contact with successful university students. The twilight  sessions are interspersed with inter-school tournaments in preparation for the ‘Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup’.
The Deutsche Bank Debate Mate Cup is the culmination of the Debate Mate programme. Over one hundred schools compete in regional rounds held at universities in London (LSE), Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol. The regional winners then take part in a Grand Final, held at the end of the academic year at a prestigious central London venue.
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