A lively debate – et tout en français

Year 13 pupils Anton Bridge and Arjun Sajip represented QE at a French debating competition held at The Henrietta Barnett School.

“I was most impressed with both the boys,” said Head of Modern Foreign Languages Caroline Mulderij. “They came across as exceptionally confident speakers, with excellent body language, and they both used a fantastic level of French.” Mrs Mulderij also added that the other schools taking part had clearly done a lot of work in class for the debate, whereas Anton and Arjun had done much of the preparation for the debate on their own, which made their performance even more impressive.

The two motions that the QE boys spoke on were "International Women’s Day is a waste of time" and "A good education can only be had in a private or selective school".

In the round-robin stage they were grouped with teams from The Henrietta Barnett School and Mill Hill County High School. The QE boys won their first debate, but did not accumulate sufficient points to progress to the semi-final.