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One of the most important things to learn in life, if possible while you’re still young, is speaking in public, and structuring a good argument which you use to persuade others of your opinion, in a reasoned and attractive way. 

This is why MSJ has a thriving Debating and Public Speaking club. The group is flourishing, learning how to put forward strong, forceful points of view and also to enjoy speaking in public on interesting topics. We enter several public competitions through the year, including the Taylor Trophy (run from Bromsgrove), the Turner Trophy (from Worcester) and the ESU Mace competition (for Sixth Form Debaters) and their Middle School Debating competition.  There is also a chance for the Ships to shine in the Ships’ Public Speaking competition held in the summer. All these develop confidence and rhetorical flair, as the teams overcome initial nerves and reluctance. This is truly worth doing while at school. 

Sustenance for the minds is always complemented by sustenance for the body: a selection of cakes, biscuits and hot chocolates or squash always enlivens the proceedings. Bribery and corruption? Of course not!

My Communications and Culture teacher inspired me the most; she showed me that no matter who you are, you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it.

Year 12 Pupil