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Milton Keynes Schools Parliamentary debate success for St. Paul’s Catholic School and Sir Herbert Leon Academy

posted 7 Nov 2016, 06:12 by Web Admin

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument” said the Nobel Peace Prize winning Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Mahatma Gandhi claimed “an honest disagreement is often a sign of progress.” 

Many of the world’s great leaders know the value of debating and reasoned argument. Schools are a natural home for debate and as such, it was Sir Herbert Leon Academy that was chosen to host the quarter finals of the MK schools parliamentary debate competition after being successful in the first round. The evening, which was hosted by Iain Stewart MP, was a great success, with high quality debates on challenging topics such as: The expansion of Heathrow Airport and the need for anonymity to be granted those accused of sexual crimes until they are formally charged.

Congratulations to all contestants on the evening, with St.Paul’s Catholic school and Sir Herbert Leon Academy moving on to face each other in the semi-finals of the competition. With the chance to debate in the Houses of Parliament awaiting the winner of the semi-final, the competition is expected to be fierce.

Dr. Jo Trevenna, the Principal of Sir Herbert Leon school added: 

“It is important for us to inspire, motivate and challenge our students to become the future decision makers of this country. The MK Schools Parliamentary debating competition provides a wonderful platform for young people to have their voice heard.”