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No debate about this: Fulham Boys win public speaking contest

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Image captionImage 1: The Fulham Boys School debate team with ESU Director-General Jane Easton (right, back row)

Clever research and top public speaking skills saw Fulham Boys School pupils triumph in a London-wide debating competition.

The 11 to 14-year-olds argued a range of topics at the English Speaking Union’s London Debate Challenge finals day. Five pupils from the school in Mund Street, took part, aided by head of English Martin Jeeps.

The subjects included banning smoking, nuclear weapons, and whether 14-year-olds should be allowed to vote in local elections.

Fulham Boys talked their way to their trophies, beating Lambeth’s Dunraven School in the final motion: ‘this house would ban transport workers going on strike’.

The competition is in its 17th year and is run to help foster young people’s speaking and listening skills. The early stages of the competition include teaching workshops and feedback sessions.

“I would argue that there are no better teachers and pupils than those we have in H&F, and victories like these help prove my point,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“Congratulations to Fulham Boys for a hard debated and much deserved win.”

Alun Ebenezer, headteacher of Fulham Boys, said: “Fifty schools across London entered the Debate Challenge but five boys from The Fulham Boys School emerged as winners. A proud day for FBS. Well done boys and Mr Jeeps.”

The finals took place in Dartmouth House in Mayfair on 3 July.

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