Pupils debate child slavery and fizzy drinks

Teams from Sidmouth Primary School made it to the second round of the Youth Speaks competition.

Teams from Sidmouth Primary School made it to the second round of the Youth Speaks competition. - Credit: Archant

Young people from Sidmouth have shown off their debating skills in this year’s Rotary Club of Sidmouth Youth Speaks competition.

Teams from Sidmouth and Honiton Primary Schools and Sidmouth College competed in the first round of the contest at Stowford Rise Community Centre earlier this month.

The event invited the pupils to talk about a series of topics including flat earth theory and junk food.

Sidmouth Primary School entered three teams, who debated on subjects about child slavery, fizzy drinks and zoos.

Judges voted Honiton Primary School the overall winner after pupils Phoebe Hurford, Emily Ashby, and Georgina Craig gave the audience food for thought with their presentation about homelessness.


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The school progressed to the second round, which was held at South Devon College in Paignton on Saturday, February 13.

Rotarian Mike Deary said: “All in all, everyone had a great night listening to some well-presented and well-researched speeches.”

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