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Trip to Canterbury Youth Parliament

On Friday 11th May, TMS debate and journalism clubs visited Canterbury Christ Church University for the Canterbury Youth Parliament. The aim of the youth parliament was to raise confidence in young people when public speaking on matters that are important to them. To help them achieve this goal they encouraged all students to talk about current affairs that fascinated them and to consider why they were so interested in that subject. They described politics as a constantly changing subject that will help you know your rights and responsibilities and prepare you for life.

During our time there, we played a game in which we would hold up cards to show whether or not we agreed with a statement and we then had to give reasons for why we thought what we thought. Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield gave a speech about why politics is an amazing subject. We then asked questions about what Rosie’s party (Labour) would do if they were in power.

We also had four debates: War on plastic, Should AI be embraced? Is Social Media good or bad? And: Should the voting age be lowed? Continuing our run of success, Leigh Fraser and Connor Kennedy won prizes for their public speaking, having effectively debated in front of around 300 people.

Overall the day was very informative and engaging and I can’t wait to get the opportunity to go again!

Student Article - Written by Callum Clark (Year 7)