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Sixth Form French students attended a French debating competition at the Old Palace of John Whitgift on 7 February, where they competed against pupils from eight other local schools. The pupils that participated were Catherine Perkins, Hannah Peet, Emma Sinclair and Tom Jeffcott.
The teams debated in pools, giving them a chance to converse in French in a challenging environment, stretching their French proficiency. The strongest team in each pool went on to compete in the semi-final and final at a later stage.
There were three motions up for debate at the pool stage, with teams required to prepare to deliberate for and against each motion.
St John’s won one and lost in the other debates in their respective pools.
Mrs Byrne, the Head of French said of the event, “It was an enjoyable experience and enthused our pupils to go back next year and get through to the next round. Debating is a challenging task and having to do it in French in front of an audience requires many skills. I congratulate St John’s pupils for rising to this challenge”.
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