News Update: French debating success for All Saints’ students
Two students at All Saints RC School have made it through the final of the Joutes Oratoires French Debate, proving that York students are top of the class!
Year 13 students, Ellie Griffin and Sophie Hope, pictured, have both received offers to study French at University and fought off stiff competition from competing schools.
As you may remember from our earlier news post, the North East Regional round was on the 29 November, hosted by St. Peter’s School and saw students debating tough, contemporary topics such as:
- On devrait permettre l’utilisation de drogues dans le sport professionnel – “We should allow the use of drugs in professional sport.”
- De nos jours, chaque enfant devrait posséder un téléphone mobile. – “Every child should own a mobile phone nowadays.”
- La littérature est une perte de temps, on peut tout apprendre de la television – “Literature is a waste of time,we can learn everything from television.”
In order to prepare, students spent four weeks practicing their responses and formulating their arguments in French, though they did not know until the debate proper, whether they would be making their arguments for or against the statements.
Ellie and Sophie enjoyed their success before going on to compete against finalists from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. The girls were given 15 minutes to prepare for the motion: Les immigrés sont essentiels à notre société which transates to: “Immigrants are essential for our society” before a coin toss decided whether they were to argue for or against.
Now, our girls have been given three motions to prepare in anticipation of the final on 18 March at the French Institute in London.
The 3 motions for the final are:
- Il faut empêcher la signature du « Traité de libre-échange transatlantique » (TTIP, en anglais). “We must prevent the signing of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”
- Les gouvernements européens devraient encourager franchement la natalité. “European governments should openly encourage the birth rate.”
- On doit pouvoir rire de tout. “We should be able to laugh about everything.”
Let’s hope that Ellie and Sophie will be laughing for the right reasons: winning the Final!