Brentford girls talk themselves into competition win

Debate success for girls school

18 year olds across the borough will be heaving a sigh of relief this week after a motion proposing national service for all at 18 was defeated. The motion, proposed by students at Feltham Community College, lost out to students from Brentford School for Girls, who won this year’s borough debating competition.

The winning girls from Brentford, who won overall in the year 10 competition, will represent the borough at the English Speaking Union (ESU) London final competition in July. The winning Brentford team comprised of Esi Addea, Nabihah Ali and Tatenda Tandayi. education pages

Elsewhere in the competition The Heathland school scored well, winning the overall competition for years 7, 8 and 9 and winning their heat in the year 10 category. Other schools to win heats were Isleworth and Syon, The Green School, Gumley House Convent, Cranford Community and St Marks Catholic School..

Motions put forward for debate this year varied as much as the presentation, with subjects ranging from ‘boot camps for unruly youths’ to a ‘new tax on fast food’ and ‘more money for space research’.

Stefani Shedden, gifted and talented co-ordinator for Hounslow Council and organiser of the competition, said the standard of competition was very high.

“More than 70 students took part in this year’s competition, many of whom will have been competing for the first time. The standard of competition showed how hard each team had prepared for their presentation, as with all things it’s the preparation which pays off and this was true for both Brentford School and The Heathland. The Brentford team can certainly do well at the London final.”

2 June 2004

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