European Youth Parliament UK competition

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On Wednesday 16 March eight Lower VI students qualified for the national finals of the European Youth Parliament UK competition, beating fierce debating from schools across the south of England.

Topics included subjects as diverse as repatriation for African artworks, how best to increase vaccine uptake in the EU and the safety of migrants in transit. Students researched widely and used this information to make astute suggestions on how legislation could be improved. 

Helena writes:

EYP was an incredible experience from start to finish. The researching process was fascinating and broadened the depths of our knowledge in a range of subjects, such as the dangers of fast fashion and legislation surrounding end-of-life treatment. Subsequently applying this knowledge in such a lively and fun event both helped us gain confidence in speaking and debating itself, as well as letting us work together as a team. 

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The beginning of the day was exciting, if a little intense, and as the adrenaline of first speaking wore off we gradually became more assured; each person was eager to contribute. Everyone gave their unique viewpoints and supported one another, and by the end we felt as though we had gained so much insight, both into the topics and the skill of debating as a whole. 

We were overjoyed when they announced we would be going to nationals! It was such a fantastic day and I can’t wait until we debate again!

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