Politics & Debating Society

Students of A’ level Government and Politics have been keen to get involved in politics outside the classroom and this has often crossed over with debating and public speaking events. As a result of the busy calendar and notable individual and team successes, the profile of both Politics and Debating has risen and now more boys, from all year groups, are debating formally within school, or volunteering to represent the College at external events. Junior Debating Society meets in the Drama Studio, once a fortnight, throughout the school year. Senior House Debating takes place throughout Term 1, Years 11&12 will compete in Term 2 and Years 8-10 in Term 3. The final event of the year is the House Public Speaking in June.

Our first external event this year was the Mock Council of the European Union, in October, in the Senate Chamber, Stormont. Campbell College represented Italy, on the issue of Youth Unemployment. The team consisted of Harry Kyle, Conor Young and Haris Wasim (Year 13). Also in October, six Year 11 and 12 students were invited to the City Hall to the EURVOICE event run by the British Council, and enjoyed talking about local issues with other students from around Northern Ireland.

This year, for the third year in a row, two of our students, Corey Norwood, Year 13, and Jamie Smith, Year 14, ran for election to the UK Youth Parliament, Jamie was successful and is now the MYP for Strangford. Jamie will travel to Westminster in November - CCB will again be represented at the House of Commons, for the annual UKYP Convention. Corey was beaten by Jamie, but also ran for election to the Northern Ireland Youth Forum, and achieved the seat there. Congratulations to both boys!

Also in November, a team of 6 Year 13-14 boys will be participating in an inter-generational debate at the House of Lords. The six students have already attended a training day at the University of Ulster, and we wish them well for the live debate on 28th November.

Last year, Patrick Huston and Faisal el Tannir, achieved great success in Northern Ireland Schools Debating Competition, held at Stormont in May, winning three of the five prizes at the final. They won prizes for the ‘team that contributed most to the Competition’, second runners up, and Faisal also won the overall Individual Speaker Final. We are delighted to see 4 more sixth formers stepping up to enter this year – Jamie Smith, Josh Thompson, Josh Jordan and Corey Norwood – and wish them the best of luck, as they prepare for Round 1.

Mrs J Hempstead