On Wednesday 22nd November four students, Robert Bond, 10ADW, Oliver Keast, Thomas Oates and Neve took part in a debate competition along with sixth form students at Truro College.
Each student gave a speech on the topic chosen for the Great Debate 2018 competition which this year was whether the 1918 extension of the franchise was the most significant moment in British democratic history or not.
The 1918 Extension of the Franchise otherwise known as the Representation of the People Act 1918, was an act passed to reform the way in which voting worked. The act allowed almost all men over the age of twenty-one to vote whilst for the first time women were starting to become included as a part of the electorate. Despite this act only allowing very few women to vote it was a stepping stone in our democratic history because it helped lay the foundations for how our democracy works today where both men and women over the age of eighteen have the right to vote.
Despite not being old enough to enter the actual competition, each of the four students competed against one another to win and receive a trophy engraved with their name. Whilst each of the students delivered their speeches they were judged by a panel of three judges.
The competition began as Robert went up first delivering a clear, organised and well developed speech in which he thought the 1928 extension of the franchise was the most significant moment in British democratic history (almost all women were allowed to vote after the passing of this act).
Tom swiftly followed, delivering a speech full of statistics cementing his opinion the 1918 Act was the most significant, shortly followed by Oliver who gave a speech which was full of facts and was clearly developed, informing. The judges he too thought the 1918 Act was the most significant. Neve, the last student to go up, delivered an outstanding speech which had been well thought out, was very clearly developed and full of statistics. Whilst giving her speech she kept her eyes on the audience at all times keeping them engaged. Informing the audience she thought the 1928 extension of the franchise act was the most significant.
Each student responded well to questions given by the judges, especially Oliver who gave a detailed response to a rather difficult question. In the end the judges made their decisions on who among the four students gave the best speech.
After a superb lunch provided by the College it was announced Neve had won after giving her very detailed and persuasive speech. Her prize as mentioned previously will be to have her name engraved into the trophy. It will be up to the students next year to see who will win when they face yet another interesting and engaging topic.
We all look forward to future debating events. Thank you to all the teachers who allowed us to go and we can't wait to compete next year.