News from our Greek Debate Team
The English School Greek Debate Team is proud of the success of our team of students: Phaedra Charalambous 2J, Sophia Karmioti 2J, Kyriaki Pifani 2G and Maria Anna Tsouka 2J, who represented the school at the recent Panhellenic Debate contest “Students - public speakers” («Μαθητές αγορητές»), in Thessaloniki, Greece during the weekend 2-3 March 2019.
The contest is a debate tournament for secondary school students in Greek language on paramount and challenging topics, carefully selected by a Scientific Committee of academic and public speaking professionals, such as lawyers and journalists. This year, the event was highly successful with thirty-three student teams participating from Greece and one from Cyprus, the English School team!
Our students rose to the occasion demonstrating various skills in public speaking: they were asked to develop multiple views, often other than their own, by using their critical thinking and they were given the chance to think on their feet and come up with an effective response as “active listeners”. Their very good performance was reflected on the final rankings as the English School Team ranked 7th overall, by scoring three wins in four debate rounds; this was a remarkable achievement not only because it was the team’s first participation in such an event, but because the majority of the student competing were senior students of Greek schools, with experience in public speaking.
Our very own Maria Anna Tsouka deserves many congratulations as she was named 2nd best Public Speaker among the Y1-3 students participating in the contest, for the eloquent, confident and dynamic speeches she gave throughout the competition.
At the closing ceremony of the competition, the organisers awarded a special prize to our team for travelling a great distance to participate in the event.
Congratulations to all involved and especially to the four girls who worked tirelessly and enthusiastically over the last few weeks.