Well done all in our debating and interview club at Knightsbridge School for such a superb session this week.
We began with an excellent newsround that took in:
the meeting of President Biden with his counterpart in China Xi Jinping
Rishi Sunak's appointment of Lord Cameron to Foreign Secretary and the demotion of Suella Braverman
The War in Ukraine
The continuing tragic conflict in Israel-Gaza
Armistice Day and the context of Poppies
Our skill of the week put an emphasis on positivity both in body language and in speech, avoiding overly negative argumentation and, when criticising, doing so politely.
We also looked at a warm-up interview question: 'if you could design a new building, what would it be and why?'
From eco-towers, to skyscrapers and real estate, from powerplants, to historical museums and charitable homes for the homeless it was great to see such a range of ideas - many with an environmental twist.
Our Debates and main discussions focussed on three topics:
(i) Is the Red Poppy still the right symbol for Remembrance? - this was passed overwhelmingly at both tellings.
(ii) How to avoid world conflict? - how best to use discussion and mediation with the UN - many in the group were concerned at escalating conflict, whilst others felt that the desire for peace was sometimes unrealistic given widely differing negotiating points/views.
(iii) Finally, we debated the motion: 'This House would ban fast food' - although a small determined group argued for the ban for the health of the population, the majority supported the idea of retaining choice and on the basis of cost and taste.
Looking forward to next week!