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Knightsbridge School Debating & Interview Club - 14th March

Updated: Mar 19

This was a great final session of the Lent term with Knightsbridge School Debating & Interview Club.

Our skill focus this week looked at talking with clarity and simplicity. 

We also looked at two unseen works involving editing an image, with Henry VIII's family portrait including Jane Seymour who had long since past away and the artist David's Napoleon crowning himself and his wife with his Mother onlooking, even though she did not actually attend the ceremony. We asked in the context of the newsround mention of the Princess of Wales Mothering Sunday photo, whether it mattered to photoshop or edit an image or painting? The group like the idea of historical 'truth' but accepted that all images and paintings told different stories and involved artistic editing. 

For our final unseen we turned to photos of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa and Mikhail Gorbachev - and asked the students to identify them and then say what they all had in common - all noble peace prize winners.

On the back of the budget and ministers questioning defence spending (or the absence of an announcement) our final motion of term asked:

'This House would spend more on defence?'   

The majority of the group voted overwhelmingly in favour - given the uncertain world of the present - with conflicts in the Middle East and the War in Ukraine - arguing that the UK needed to be ready and better prepared. The opposition whilst agreeing that defence spending was important, felt that healthcare, education and the environment mattered more and that these were greater priorities. An excellent session - well done. 

Well done all on a superb term!

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