In March, Dean Close once again took part in the European Youth Parliament. Lower Sixth team member, Alice Deasy, writes:
Several of my classmates (Emily Smith, Imogen Sneath, Evan Little, Susie Hicks Beach, Beth Ellison, Joshua Sansom) and myself travelled to the Oxford Union in order to partake in the annual conference for the European Youth Parliament. Dean Close is a regular competitor in this event, and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to participate this year, alongside many other bright, young students.
We had been asked to prepare an opposition argument to a motion about Gibraltar following Brexit. Our main speaker, Imogen Sneath, wrote and delivered a brilliant speech arguing against some of the clauses proposed, speaking well and doing our team proud. The general debate, which followed her opening speech and that of the proposition team, was full of questions that we had not predicted and thus found difficult to argue against. However, as I had the privilege of delivering our concluding speech, I was able to lean on the support of the rest of the team when it came to responding to questions and challenges to our position. Following our debate, there were several other motions proposed and debated, all of which focused on prevalent issues today, such as anti-semitism, climate change and election fraud, and were incredibly interesting to be involved in. The day certainly gave us an insight into the kind of processes faced by those taking action around such issues. It was a stimulating and rewarding experience as we all left with a sense of pride about how we presented ourselves and represented Dean Close. I would like to thank Mrs Briggs and Mrs Feltham for taking us to Oxford as well as helping us through the process of preparing for the conference. I know that the whole team enjoyed the opportunity and are grateful for the experience.