8 December 2021

On Monday, Abingdon Prep held its annual Public Speaking and Debating Competitions.

First, it was the turn of the Middle Section Public Speaking Competition, where entrants were given five minutes to convince the audience of the arguments they put forward, which this year included opposition to the conservatorship of Britney Spears, Britain’s homelessness policy banning and the migrant crisis. Well done to Joseph from Year 6 for winning this competition where he argued that we need to listen more carefully to the advice of David Attenborough about climate change.

Then it was the turn of the Senior Section. This competition featured two debates, one on whether the moon landings were faked and the other about whether vaccines should be made compulsory. The winner of this competition was Laurie from Year 8, who argued that vaccines should not be made compulsory. Many thanks go to Richard Jackson, Teacher of History at Abingdon School, and to Kevin Senior, an Abingdon Foundation Governor, for forming the judging panel for both events.

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