Schools compete for the Rotary Rother Valley Debating Cup

The winning team from Hollycombe Primary School
The winning team from Hollycombe Primary School

TEN primary schools met at Midhurst Rother College (MRC) to compete for the Rotary Rother Valley Debating Cup.

Teams of three pupils were selected to represent Fernhurst, Harting, Easebourne, Duncton, Stedham, Rogate, Midhurst, Hollycombe, Camelsdale and St James, Coldwaltham.

They debated motions including whether all police officers should carry guns and if scientific testing on animals should be banned. This prompted lively debates with one team arguing for and against each motion.

This year the competition was organised by Johnny Culley, head teacher at Easebourne Primary School, and supported by the Rotary Club of Midhurst and Petworth.

Alan Robinson, chairman of the rotary youth activities committee, presented the Rotary cup to the winners and his deputy, Chris Wigley, was one of the adjudicators. The other adjudicators were Chichester district councillors Eileen Lintill and Andrew Shaxson and, from Midhurst Rother College, English teacher, Mike Smith, along with three Year 9 students.Jo Losack, youth engagement officer at Chichester District Council, was the timekeeper.

The team from Hollycombe – Elsa (captain), William and Honor – won the cup with Easebourne pupils worthy runners-up.