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St. Kitts International Academy Debating & Public Speaking Club - 30th April

This was another tremendous session with our SKI Debating & Public Speaking Club.

Our skill focus this week looked at Style and Tone and how to deliver a speech in a confident and persuasive way and maximise attention from any/the audience. 

Our warm-up/interview style question asked: 'If you could study abroad, where would you pick/choose and why?'

Canada and the Yellowstone National park featured for change of venue, climate and cultural/environmental interest. 

Our newsround saw reference to the health of King Charles III as he returns to public duties, the Trump legal case, events in Iran and student protests in the USA. We also covered in some detail the elections in India and the long process of voting and counting. This raised wider questions on the process of voting more generally in elections. 

We then turned to two debates:

(i) Our first on the motion: 'This House would ban TikTok?' following the legislation in the USA and President Biden's plans. The group supported the idea of a ban at both tellings. Great emphasis was given to concentration levels, security concerns and inappropriate material for children. 

(ii) For our second debate we returned to a question on 'School uniform': 'This House would ban School Uniform?'

This saw the group split 50/50 at both tellings. The proposition emphasised comfort, convenience, and cost. The opposition argued for teamwork, safety and security and a feeling of identity that uniform can bring. 

Another super session! Well done all. 

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