Pixl Up for the Debate
On Monday 26th March, Roding Valley High School took a team of debaters to the Pixl Up For Debate competition held at Harrow School.
The team was made up of three people; Ruby Coyte (year 7), Joseph James (year 7), and Zak Smith (year 8). They were accompanied by a team of supporters and researchers, along with Challenge and Enrichment coordinators Miss Bingham and Miss Hanlon.
Roding Valley competed against Impington Village College, Chingford Foundation School, and Swakeleys School for Girls.
There were two prepared motions; ‘This house would tax junk food’ for which they argued the opposition, and ‘This house believes cultural treasures should be returned to their country of origin’ where they argued the proposition. There was also an impromptu round, where each team watched a video and were given materials, and had twenty minutes to prepare. This motion was ‘This house would ban gambling’. The team argued the proposition.
Out of 38 schools, the team from Roding Valley came 5th, and won an award for placing in the top 5.
Zak Smith won the Outstanding Speaker Award, meaning he scored the highest marks out of all 113 debaters.
Florence New and Eva Randall also attended the debate as student judges, and Eva was selected as a student judge for the final.
Roding Valley is looking forward to continuing their debate club, and are especially looking forward to competing at the Pixl debate next year.
Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge workshop 2018
On Tuesday 21st March, Roding Valley High School held the 2018 Jack Petchey “Speak Out!” Challenge work shop day. 30 year 10 students spent the day in the Library with workshop leader from The Speaker’s Trust, AC Gaskell and Challenge & Enrichment Coordinator Miss Hanlon, working on a range of speech writing activities and techniques.
After a day of preparation, the students all delivered their speeches in a competition period 5. The standard of speeches was incredibly high, with topics ranging from lisps to gentlemanly etiquette.
The 6 winners of the competition, who are going through to the next round are: Livvy Turnball, Florence New, Daniel Grogan, Ella Margetts, Oliver Wells and Lewis Scarfe. Two students who won the ‘highly commended award’ were Leighton Brooks and Katie Feeney.
The winners from the first competition round will be competing in a school assembly round to go through to the West Essex regional finals on 10th May at Epping St John’s school.
The students all benefited greatly from the day and made some of the following comments:
I thought today was a fantastic experience and has definitely boosted my confidence in speaking. – Matthew
This was a great training and should be done internationally – Raajveer
Brilliant workshop. I learnt a lot. Thank you for funding an opportunity to learn a life skill. – Daniel
Photographs from the day were captured by Roding Valley High School’s George Gorak, Year 12.
Oxford University Trip
Debate Competition Winners
On Friday 17th November, Florence New (year 10) and Eva Randall (year 11) won the Epping Forest Youth Parliamentary Debate, hosted by Eleanor Laing MP at Epping St John’s School.
The motion put forward for debate was, ‘”This House believes that the Government’s 0.7 per cent ring-fenced budget for overseas aid should be reduced and the money saved should be spent in the UK”. Roding Valley were arguing against the motion.
The standard of competition was high, with our students competing against five other schools from the local area on both sides of the motion.
Florence and Eva put forward eloquent, intelligent and compelling arguments. This, alongside a bucket-load of confidence and charisma won the competition for Roding Valley in a lively, engaging debate.
As the winners of this prestigious event, Roding Valley will be the hosts of next year’s competition.
Congratulations to Florence and Eva!
On Thursday 13th July, some of Roding Valley’s top KS3 talent showcased the projects they had been working on over the last two months. These projects encouraged independent study and research from some of our year 7-9 students. The projects could be on any topic that students found interesting and the standard produced was exceptional. Four awards were available, but with such a high standard, the ‘People’s Choice’ award had two winners.
Felix Swindell’s winning ‘People’s Choice’ project provided an immersive experience for all with a functioning (homemade) aqueduct; traditional Roman cake; herbs and a full scale mannequin in Roman dress. His topic had clearly been thoroughly researched and Felix’s commitment to excellence and endeavour shone through the whole project.
Nathan Vorster’s ‘People’s Choice’ winning project sparked life into the showcase with a live ant farm on show. This fascinating project was complemented by Nathan’s impressive understanding of entomology which he explained eloquently to all. This captivating project left all onlookers wanting more- which Nathan catered for by providing take-away leaflets detailing further information.
Chloe Norwood won the (well-deserved) ‘Imaginative Award’ with her project ‘Fantastic Beasts: fact or fiction?’ Chloe’s creative eye and unique perspective certainly engaged the audience with her detailed research, accompanied by her home-made models and interactive quiz feature.
William Whitehall won the ‘Informative Award’ with his project on type 1 diabetes. This project told a story of personal understanding and outstanding primary research from a number of sources. William used his initiative and communication skills to enhance his project with models acquired from the scientific field. This was a truly informative piece, created through outstanding independent research.
The winner of the ‘Innovative Award’ was Zak Smith with his evolution of film project. Adding a touch of glamour to the evening, Zak produced a multi-faceted project that demonstrated his wide ranging skills and ability in a number of subject areas. Complete with a working zoetrope, Zak thought outside the box with this impressive project which was admired by all.
It should be noted that a tremendous amount of effort has been put in by all students that have been involved in the showcase and it was incredibly difficult to predict which projects would be awarded. This is a truly remarkable event in the Roding Valley calendar; staff members, students, parents and judges were blown away by the high standard of projects on display.
Katie Bingham and Rachel Hanlon
Challenge and Enrichment Coordinators