Entrance Test - Update

Year 9 History Balloon Debate

Posted on 13th March 2020

It was a hotly fought History Balloon Debate this year. Nine finalists elected by their peers from their form heats, delivered memorable speeches with passion and conviction as their chosen historical characters vied for a place in a sinking hot air balloon. The reward of House Points for the winning trio and a cup at Awards Evening for first place hung in the balance. Students showcased their speaking skills, powers of persuasion and aptitude in delivering well crafted arguments for their character’s historical significance and the deconstruction of the other remaining characters. Mr. Hopkins and our guest judge, Dr. James Greenhalgh from the School of History and Heritage at Lincoln University were impressed by the high standard. Congratulations to all our finalists.

The winning students were:

First place:                Yasmine Sedaghat (Rawlinson) as Maurice Hilleman

Second place:          Claudia Smith (Ascough) as Marie Curie

Third place:               Eve Foster (Rawlinson) as Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

Our other finalists were:

Noah Barnett  (Hansard) as Tim Berners-Lee

Max Murray  (Ascough) as Carmenta

Yash Gandhi (Rawlinson) as Mahatma Gandhi

Jack Attridge (Hansard) as Thomas Savery

Tyla Redhead (Rawlinson) as Alan Turing

Vaanujan Vasuthevan (Rawlinson) as Charles Darwin