We went to Cardiff Sixth Form College for our regional round of the Oxford Schools’ Debating Competition, which uses British Parliamentary style debating and all debates are impromptu. The motions are released and each team gets 15 minutes to prepare, without any electronic device or teacher assistance.
The first motion was ‘This house would make athletes represent their country of birth’, and we were the second proposition team. The second motion was ‘This house would filter social media sites for fake news stories’, and we were the first opposition team. It was a really interesting evening with students discussing current affairs and arguing about the balance between freedom of speech and protecting people from lies.
Well done to the team and thanks to the supporters who came!
‘One of my highlights from skiing is definitely being with all my friends. It was great to have that support when you are on the top of an extremely cold mountain! The sights were breath-taking; you were on the ski lift just trying to take in the beautiful snowy surrounding. As I have never been before, it was a really good once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was really hard work but once you saw the difference it was definitely worth it.’ Lauren Grindlay
This year’s festival takes place over two days: Saturday 15th June in the Wales Millennium Centre/ Cardiff Bay, and on Sunday 16th June there will be a film festival in the Chapter Arts Centre.
This event will be a FREE event open to the public. It is a joint event with the Cardiff Cycle Festival 2013, which is a 15 day festival running from 15 – 30th June with a range of exciting events for all ages. It is all about the joy of cycling and aims to encourage everyone in the community, whether they cycle or not, to join together and organise events to celebrate and promote cycling (click here for more details).