Ark Helenswood win the Ark KS3/4 Debating Championships

Congratulations to Miss James and the Ark Helenswood girls on winning the Ark KS3/KS4 Debating Championships. A former World Champion was chairing the final panel, and he commented how impressed he was with the girls. It’s a particular feat this year given there were double the number of schools participating from last year.

Team member Abbie Bowers said: “It feels really great to have won the competition, to have that validation about our abilities and to have come back to Hastings with the trophy, but it was also fantastic to meet other students in the Ark network. It really showed that we’re part of a community.”

The team was coached by Ark Helenswood Academy English teacher Sam James, who said: “It was wonderful to work with such a dedicated, hardworking debating team and to see them perform so brilliantly on the day.

“As a teacher, it’s a real privilege to be able to run the debating club each Friday and help develop students’ talents for public speaking and debating social issues. Through the club, students have learned teamwork and presentation skills, all of which will be invaluable at university or in their professional lives.”

Lucrezia MacDonald, who also represented Ark Helenswood, said: “Ms James has been really great at coaching us for our debating competitions and giving us helpful feedback. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

As well as the Ark Senior Debating Competition, students from Ark Helenswood have excelled in a range of enrichment events within the Ark network, including network-wide sports days, maths competitions and the annual Ark Music Gala, which sees talented musicians from the schools perform at the iconic Barbican Centre in London.

Well done!