At the recent Rotary Youth Speaks Debate District Final, the Chigwell School Senior team: Ziyad (chairperson), Matthew (proposer) and Denys (oppose) came first and won the chance to participate in the Regional Final on March 15th. Their topic was: “That the actions of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are acceptable.” The Rotary Youth Speaks competition allows students to challenge their public speaking abilities and perform, persuade and entertain the audience with their display of wit and knowledge of a topic. In teams of three participants present arguments and points of discussion, before taking questions from the judging panel who are, themselves, skilled orators. All three students showed real teamwork and obviously impressed the judges. The coach, Mr Roderick Lonsdale, said that he was delighted with the win and that the team had shown a really professional attitude in their preparation for the competition. On the same day, the Intermediate team of Lucy (chairperson), Francesca (proposer) and Lukas (opposer) also performed most creditably although they were not placed in the Intermediate competition.