It was a great pleasure to welcome a number of high schools to Queen's today to participate in our inaugural inter-schools debating competition to mark the centenary of the women's suffrage movement.
As the city's only girls' school Queen's aims to lead the way in promoting women's and girls' voices in politics and the public realm. The school has a rich heritage of producing bright, articulate women who know not only how to speak and present but also how to listen, and debating is an excellent way of learning and honing these skills.
Our congratulations go to the very worthy winners from Bishops' Bluecoat C of E School and to all the teams who put in excellent performances on the day.
Deputy Head Mrs Frowe who organised the event was impressed with the standard of all contributions and also by how much those girls who were new to debating improved throughout the process.
Judges on the day included Queen's alumna Ann Clwyd (Lewis) '56 MP, Councillor Razia Daniels and BBC journalist Louise Minchin.
Thanks to everyone for attending. We are already looking forward to next year's event!