Six girls from Chester’s Queen’s Senior School scored highly in the heat of the English Speaking Union public speaking competition, placing the private lives of politicians and the limits of freedom of speech under scrutiny.
Two teams from Queen’s took part in the contest at Birkenhead School, which required entrants to speak on a topic, question opponents and also show they could manage a discussion. The Queen’s School were named outright winners on the night, beating rivals from Birkenhead, Kingsmead and Birkenhead High School Academy.
The annual Queen’s versus King’s debate at The Chester Debating Society was also a competitive and intellectually stimulating evening. The motion, put forward and argued by Queen’s students Sian Davies and Alice Gooda, was that ‘No parent should be permitted to remove their child from sex and relationships education’. The opposers from The King’s School put up a strong counter-argument and there was much debate from the floor. Alice Gooda provided the closing argument and the debate was won on the strength of support for the motion from The Chester Debating Society membership, as opposed to the Queen’s and King’s supporters who were perhaps unsurprisingly steadfast in their support of their own teams.