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First Year Richard Huish Students, Alexia Galatalis, Ella Gould and Eve Wood have been successful in reaching the second round of the ESU Schools Mace Debating Competition.

The English Speaking Union’s competition is one of the oldest and largest debating competitions for schools in the UK, with over 300 schools taking part. Working in teams, students have the opportunity to enhance their speech-writing, public speaking and critical thinking, helping them to excel both in and out of school and college and giving them a sense of pride in themselves and their achievements.

Between them, the former The Taunton Academy pupils, study a wide range of subjects at Huish including Politics, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion & Ethics, Biology, Geography, Psychology, Chemistry and Mathematics.

This competition is just one of the EnRICH activities they participate in at the College; all three are College Ambassadors, Ella is pursuing a gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, whilst Eve and Alexia are members of Stage Craft EnRICH and Alexia is a hockey star. The vast EnRICH programme aims to allow students to pursue multiple passions beyond their Study Programme and develop new skills.

Taking place over Zoom, the first round of the competition saw them oppose the motion ‘Fathers should be required to take paternity leave’.

Ceri Knott, Politics Course Manager and Co-ordinator of the Debating Society at Huish shared “they spoke very eloquently and strongly put forward their case”.

The trio now progress to the second round of the competition to be held in January with hopes of making it all the way to the National round in March.