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RHS Debating Team Praised by ESU

The Royal Hospital School is a member of the English Speaking Union (Eastern Regional Branch) and on Saturday 4 February the Debating Society put forward sixth formers Bradley Hackett, Mattea Todd and Richard Pooley for the inaugural ESU Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition held at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  • Chairperson: Mattea Todd
  • Questioner: Bradley Hackett
  • Speaker: Richard Pooley

Richard Pooley spoke eloquently on Justice in this Country is Too Weak and the team questioned with conviction, Society Sexualises Teenagers. They finished a commendable third out of 6 teams.

Stephen Roberts, the Eastern Regional Officer for the English Speaking Union said “the team were a credit to themselves and to the School and I thoroughly enjoyed their contribution. I hope they found the experience worthwhile and that I will see the in other competitions in the near future”.

On Tuesday 7 February. the Year 11 Debating Team performed with great aplomb at the ESU Public Speaking Competition held at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds. The team, consisting of William Spurr (Chairperson), Matthew Cantelo (Questioner) and Conor Steeds (Speaker) narrowly lost to St. Benedict’s School by 3 points, accruing 77 out of a 100. Conor Steeds was awarded the Best Speaker Award for his talk on why “Alcoholic Advertisements should be banned”.

The English Speaking Union (ESU) aims to provide people in the UK and internationally with communication skills, confidence and networking opportunities.