Issued: January 26, 2018
Roding Valley High School students presented with debating competition trophies
PICTURE: A picture of Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing presenting the engraved cups to Florence New (left) and Eva Randall can be downloaded HERE
The two Roding Valley High School students who won the 2017 Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing have been presented with their engraved trophies.
It is the fourth time in six years that the Loughton school has won the competition.
Year 10 student Florence New and and Year 11 student Eva Randall fought off competition from Epping St John's, Davenant Foundation School, Chigwell School, King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School when students spoke either for or against the Motion that "This House believes that the Government's 0.07 per cent ring-fenced budget for overseas aid should be reduced and the money saved should be spent in the UK".
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, who visited the Alderton Hill school on Friday, said: "I was delighted to visit Roding Valley High School and present the engraved trophies.
"All the speakers were absolutely brilliant but Florence and Eva were a superb team.
"Every year that we have held the competition the standard of the debate gets better and better."
Florence and Eva, who spoke against the Motion, were presented with the competition cup, to hold for a year, and individual trophies to keep.
The competition judges were county councillor Valerie Metcalfe (chairman of the panel), Buckhurst Hill district councillor Aniket Patel, former Theydon Bois Primary School headteacher Elspeth Bonds and Everything Epping Forest owner David Jackman.
Head of School Sharon Jenner said: "I am incredibly proud of our students, debating is a real strength at Roding Valley High School.
"We have won this debating cup more times than any other participating school.
"I would like to thank our Challenge and Enrichment co-ordinators Katie Bingham and Rachel Hanlon, for their support of the students and organising such a well prepared team.
"As part of our extensive extra-curricular provision, they also run a lunch-time debating club for our younger students. The school has also entered a Key Stage 3 team into a national debating competition.
"We are working hard to develop outstanding speakers of the future."