On Friday 25th June, a group of Year 9 and 10 pupils from Mount Carmel took part in Burnley College's annual Debate Competition. The two teams were narrowly beaten in the heats by Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, but nonetheless they did themselves proud and were excellent representatives for the school. The competition normally takes place at the College, however this year the debates were all held virtually on Google Meets which presented a unique set of challenges for the pupils to take into consideration.
The first debate was vs CRGS, with Year 10 pupil Rebecca and Year 9 pupil Aaliyah arguing in favour of the topic 'Social Media Should Filter Fake News'. They made some excellent arguments about the negative effects of fake news on both mental health and the reputations of those who see fake news stories printed about them. Aaliyah in particular performed brilliantly considering she stepped in last minute to take on the challenge.
In the second debate, Year 10 pupil Shanaya and Year 9 pupil Cian took on BRGS, arguing against the proposition that 'Monuments to Controversial Historical Figures Should Remain'. They showed an impressive level of maturity when discussing a difficult topic and related their own experiences to the facts at hand. A special mention should be given to Shanaya, who was self-isolating at the time of the competition and joined from home without having other students and staff around to provide support.
Both teams were ably supported by the incredible Research Team, Year 9 pupils Tillie, Harvey, Jack, Kiah, Jack, and finally Inaam who was unfortunately unable to attend on the day. The pupils had been attending MC's debate club run by Mr Barratt, Miss Fielding and Miss Baron over the past six weeks to get prepared and learn the relevant skills, and have also been supported throughout the whole experience by Mrs Dawson and Mr Blair.
The pupils who took part will all be presented with certificates from the College. Well done to all 10!