On Thursday 13th March six CSFC students travelled to Bristol University to take part in the Regional Finals of the National Debating Matters competition. This is the third year running that the college has reached the regional finals.

In the first debate, Sasha Ang and Annie Lennon argued that smacking of children should not be banned. They were praised by judges for their concentration on the practicalities involved and their enthusiastic approach which resulted in them winning the round!

Not to be outdone, in the second debate Lebogang Sinvula and Clifford Sia Yin Shen presented the motion that internships are exploitive. Lebogang is to be congratulated on delivering her speech without using notes. Her presentation was poised and articulate. Clifford’s perceptive questions and calm statistical explanations were praised by the judges. Another win for Cardiff Sixth Form College!

In the final round Katenaat Shatnagar and Milind Girish competed against Stover School opposing the motion that attempts to radically extend the human lifespan should be welcomed not feared. They were praised by the judges for defending their position and not backing down. One of the judges stated: “Fantastic debate, high energy and the best debate competition for a long time”. Another win was notched up for Cardiff Sixth Form College, the only college on the day to win all of their rounds! They can now look forward to competing in the National Finals at the British Library in June.

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