23 February 2018

On the evening of Wednesday 7th February members of the Guiseley School debating society took part in the first rotary club ‘Youth Speaks’ competition, held at the Grove Methodist Church in Horsforth. They competed against teams from other local schools in speeches on a topic of their choice, and topics included ‘Vegetarianism; The future of mankind’, ‘Mental health in young people and social media- What is the link?’ and ‘Why RE should be compulsory in schools’.

Teams from Guiseley school won both the senior and intermediate categories, with Majid Qahwaji Bobby Mao and Owen Sage delivering a passionate plea for Britain to improve its foreign aid to poor countries, and Ross Tanner, Ali Lloyd and Beth Dillon arguing that Britain has lost the essence of good education.

An inspiring evening was had by all involved, and every person involved should be very proud of themselves. Members of the Rotary Club who were in the audience said they were ‘blown away’ by the way that our students spoke and by the depth of knowledge and understanding on difficult issues shown by the young people speaking.