The first of our Prep School House Debating competitions took place today starting with Years 5 and 6 who set a high benchmark for the rest of the Prep School. The theme for their debates was Animal Rights, with Zaeem and Etihad taking on the motion that zoos should be banned and Al Sharaf and Sadeeq following with a motion on whether testing animals for the benefit of human health is acceptable.

All four teams did exceptionally well and judges were impressed with the extensive preparation shown and the quality of the arguments. For such young debaters, the judges commented on just how impressed they were with how mature and insightful the points were as well as some pertinent rebuttals. For some of our pupils this was their first time debating, let alone having to do it in an assembly. During the debates there were plenty of opportunities for audience involvement and it was wonderful to see so many engage with the motions as well as some of the wider issues surrounding Animal Rights. Hopefully the debates will have sparked a few dinner table discussions and will encourage some more pupils to try their hand at debating next year.