The two teams of Aaron Osmond & Hannah Bettelley for Spanish and Grace Starling & Livvie Cross for French, put in a strong performance at this year’s Cheltenham Sixth Form Language Debates hosted by Cheltenham College in November. Motions on the evening included ‘everyone should be a vegetarian’ and ‘everybody should be a feminist’.

The event was bigger than ever, with teams from Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Pate’s Grammar, Balcarras, Bournside, Malvern College, St Edward’s Oxford and Abingdon School. The debates were topical and unknown in advance, with competitors given just ten minutes to prepare their ideas and their language for each motion.

Debating in a foreign language is a real challenge and our teams excelled under pressure and were clear in their views, even when our Lower Sixth team came across stiff opposition against Upper Sixth competitors from other schools. Although our teams could not replicate our previous success at the event, they flew the flag for Dean Close and had a great evening putting their linguistic skills to use.