Hampton’s Sixth Form linguists excelled in the Regional French Debating Competition.

The annual competition held at St Paul’s Girls’ School involved over 60 teams from 32 schools competing from across the London region. A highly anticipated event in the French department’s calendar, the debating competition is of the highest standard. The two Hampton teams for the Qualifying Phase were made up of Lower Sixth Formers Ishaan Das, Daniel Sleeman, Caleb Weinstein and Alex Wicks. The Francophiles debated on the following motions:

  • The increase in energy prices is beneficial
  • International sporting events should only be attributed to countries that respect human rights
  • Voting should be compulsory

Armed with convincing arguments, the Hamptonians pitted their wits against teams from all over London.  Displaying exceptional linguistic and oratorical skills, our senior linguists debated over two hours, and judges were impressed by their command of the target language and their agility of thought. Caleb and Ishaan won all three of their debates in convincing fashion and will now compete in the Regional Final during which they will debate unseen motions. Alex and Daniel were unlucky to just miss out on a final place, after victories in two of their three debates.

Acting Head of Modern Languages, Mr Marc Boardman, congratulated the Sixth Form linguists on their debating prowess:

The standard was particularly high this year, both in terms of spoken French and the ability to spontaneously debate some very challenging motions. While most participants are A Level pupils, ours all study French in preparation for the DELF qualification but still managed to excel and impress with their linguistic prowess – a testament to their hard work and love of the subject – bravo!

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