The Chalk Hills Academy Year 10 debating team won the Luton Sixth Form Debating competition on Wednesday 4 July 2018, beating Ashcroft and Stopsley on the way. The team of Esli, Nishorgo and Rachel tackled topics on the dangers of artificial intelligence and the damage smartphones have done to a generation.
Wednesday was the end to a long competition that began in February, with the team preparing for the debate against Challney Girls’ School about the merits of Brexit. That was then followed by a very tight debate against Denbigh on the ethics of illegally downloading music. Victory was all the sweeter as Esli received the Simon Kitchener Award for the best individual in the whole competition and the best question asked in the final, as well as Nishorgo receiving the award for Most Intelligent Point of the final. The competition began with 11 of the Luton secondary schools, and to win in the academy’s first attempt is a fantastic achievement. A huge well done to the team, and we look forward to training a team of current Year 9s to defend the title!