Throughout this year I have attended our schools debate club. This club gave me the necessary experience and skills I need for debating. It taught me how to debate in public, and to put across my points convincingly, so that I am now able to persuade others to join my side. Then on Tuesday 21st June 2016 I was given the opportunity to speak in parliament regarding the EU referendum. It was an experience of a lifetime that was partly made possible by Stanborough School.
I had my speech prepared and I had read it through over and over again; I thought I was completely prepared and that nothing could throw me off balance. However, when we got to the last debate class and I listened to the sixth formers share their points, I was shaken. I realised that their ideas could easily annihilate mine! Therefore, when it was my turn to speak I had to change my speech. I completely rephrased my words so that the sixth formers couldn’t object to any of my arguments.
Then the debating began, and as each opponent was speaking, I was quickly noting down key points of their speech to refute. This way I was ready to counteract their points, hoping to persuade people to vote to against the motion of Brexit.
Then my name was called; I timidly went up to speak. I was extremely nervous and my hands began to tremble, but as I began to talk the nerves escaped my body, and I began to regain control of myself. I spoke fluently and tried to project my voice as best as I could. Fortunately, there were no objections to the points that I made, therefore I had no interruptions.
I went on this trip not only to make my school and my parents proud, but because when I researched the topic, I realised how much it would affect my future. I couldn’t just leave my future in the hands of adults who might not know all the facts, without sharing my point of view. I was eager to make everyone join the remain side, and to oppose this motion.
Despite being in Year 9, I am so happy that I was allowed to join the years 10s on this trip. It was extremely beneficial, and helped me to build up confidence even though i was only up there for 5 minutes. I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to make my parents proud, and get my name across to other people. I couldn’t have been prouder to represent my school, Stanborough.
Throughout this whole experience I am happy to say I learnt how to project my voice meritoriously, mesmerising the audience. I gained confidence in public speaking. I managed to convince several people to oppose the Brexit motion. In addition, I was thanked by many individuals that I would normally be too shy to speak to, this led me to be given the opportunity to attend more debating classes offered by an ambassador and a barrister. The head of this organisation proposed that he would also like to invite me on more trips to speak in the parliament, in the future.
Evidently, this trip turned out to be both fantastic and advantageous. Nevertheless, it was also entertaining! One exceptionally funny moment was when I was appointed to guide Mr Allen, who was driving the bus for us, to parliament, as there was diverted traffic everywhere. So I learnt that not only can I be a good debater, but I could now also pursue a career of a tour guide, as I successfully guided Mr Allen to parliament (even though I may have used a map…)
Without Ms Smith and Mrs Jackson this trip would not have been possible, they put in sleepless nights so that this trip would be perfect. And not to forget Mrs Dixon who is the one that comes up with all the incomparable ideas.