For the second time in two years a Chigwell debating team made it to the Finals Day at the Oxford Union. In a highly competitive and fiercely fought East London round, Marija Marinovic and Daniel Trickov were selected for the national finals.
The day turned out to be both stimulating and, at times, frustrating. In their four debates Maria and Daniel showed great teamwork and delivered their speeches with real style. Competitors are given their topic a mere 15 minutes before the debate starts and each pair have a specific role within the parliamentary style format, whether opening or closing government or opposition. English Teacher, Mr Roderick Lonsdale, commented that although they did not make the final cut of four teams, they found the day very worthwhile and soaked in the atmosphere of the ancient university.