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British Debate- Debate Academy 2009 at Oakham School, anyone going? Watch

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    Thought I would post and see if anyone else is going this year.
    Will be my first year =]
    If anyone on here has been to it before, could they tell me a bit about what happens?
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    meee! it's my first year too, since it's my college that offers it to me, not my school
    i wonder what it's like too! i hope i put myself in the right band as well lol, i couldn't decide so i just ended up in intermediate, nicely in the middle
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    well, my mum is a judge or something for some of the esu debating competitions so she thought it would be a nice idea.
    English teacher wrote me a recommendation (since I do public speaking as well) and got a ful bursary.
    I'm doing beginner. Wondering though if I will be at the older end of that though since I am in Year 10, going into Year 11
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    I'm off into year 13, and that's when our college usually sends them And we put people in all three levels.
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    Oh good, well I am just scared that everyone in the beginners group will be year 9 or in my year, since I look as if I am in my 20s! =P
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    lol i don't think you need to worry! now i feel really old! i thought everyone would be year 13!
    i've been in my debating society for the last year, and now i'm preparing to mentor next year's year 12s, whilst doing all the local competitions, but i honestly don't feel confident enough to do them all yet. there's a couple of people goin from my college, are you one of many from your school?
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    Nope, my mum applied independently for my brother (who is Year 9, going into Year 10) and I to go on this course.
    I go to a grammar school that seems to have a main focus on sport and acting and doesn't value public speaking and debating very highly. I do know how to debate and regularly set up debates in my year group to enlighten them to the fun of it all!
    You have put my mind to rest, thank you. I wouldn't feel old if I were you, the only reason I am on this course is down to a pro-active mother who knows I am wise beyond my years! =P I have known I want to be a barrister since I was 11 so hopefully this would be useful!
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    Just wondering, but do you know what we should pack?
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    Yay a budding lawyer! Well I'm not really there yet, but I'll be applying this autumn, and if you have any questions about it, don't be afraid to ask! I'll do my best to help - although your debating and public speaking enrichment now will certainly stand you in good stead for the future, and I'm sure your mother will help you.
    Sorry it's taken me so long to reply btw, but I have just messaged you with a response to your packing dilemma
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    I went in 2008 with a friend from my school

    If my memory serves, you should get 3/4 BP practice rounds with feedback. One mace practice, and one World Schools practice, in addition to group sessions on each of the respect roles within BP given by an expert, two showcase debates (one World Schools, one BP) and talks on current issues (ours were on Human Rights and on nuclear weapons. Plus a quiz at the end.

    What you do varies by the stream they put you in, I was in the top (green) stream last year, so I suppose for novices they'll be more talks and fewer practices.
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    I'm going into the beginners group and I'm 17 so don't worry.
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    Cool, it would be great to chat to people who are going. I am half nervous, half excited. Nervous cause I won't know anybody apart from my brother and also what to wear (yes I know, it doesnt matter etc.... but I get worried anyway!) and excited to meet new people (anyone who gets to meet me will find out I am a chatterbox) and to learn new things =]
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    Wow, just read about this. This looks so good, would definitely be up for it, it's such a shame I didn't know about it before.
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    (Original post by Andy the Anarchist)
    If my memory serves, you should get 3/4 BP practice rounds with feedback. One mace practice, and one World Schools practice, in addition to group sessions on each of the respect roles within BP given by an expert, two showcase debates (one World Schools, one BP) and talks on current issues (ours were on Human Rights and on nuclear weapons. Plus a quiz at the end.
    what were your overall thoughts on the experience of the debate academy? ...how did it improve your quality of debating?
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    (Original post by Kolya)
    what were your overall thoughts on the experience of the debate academy? ...how did it improve your quality of debating?
    I think it made it more focused to be honest, and gave me an idea of the kind of structure I needed.

    Since our debating society is essentially student managed, it's good to have some professional input at events such as that.
 
 
 
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