English Speaking Union

Linnet, Felix and Rafi Joyce have won a place at the regional final of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition, where they will be representing the whole of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, for the second year in a row. Linnet spoke on the topic “Why are we so interested in the idea of discovering extra-terrestrial beings?” and won the prize for best speaker. Rafi was awarded the prize for best questioner and Felix was highly commended as chair. They beat off stiff competition from several private schools and are looking forward to the next round where Linnet has chosen the topic “Social proof and confirmation bias are more persuasive than rational evidence”.