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Bishop's Stortford's Windhill 21 Primary School pupils find their voice during the pandemic



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Pupils at Windhill21 have formed a debating club and want other primary schools in Bishop's Stortford to join them.

A dozen Year 6 children showed off their skills to Bishop's Stortford Independent news editor Sinead Corr with a question-and-answer session where they charted the project's development and their passion for reasoned argument.

Teacher Sara Mihajlovic explained: "I started a debate club with my class during the most recent lockdown and this has evolved into a full club now we're back in school.

Windhill21, Bishop's Stortford. Head Philippa Moore and teacher Sara Mihajlovic with yr 6 debating team. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (47709185)
Windhill21, Bishop's Stortford. Head Philippa Moore and teacher Sara Mihajlovic with yr 6 debating team. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (47709185)

"The team debate everything from children's rights to the merits of cloning to the power of environmental activism. All with such passion and energy!

"Given the prominence of debate, and given a year of pandemic in which many children feel they've lost their voice – and their ability to communicate freely – this club has had a hugely positive impact.

"I'm hoping to roll out primary age debate competitions and get the youth of the town discussing real issues in a meaningful way."

As her class prepares to transfer to secondary school, head Philippa Moore handed them a final debating challenge. They will hand on the baton to Year 5 with a special assembly so their successors have a head start.



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