On Wednesday, Imogen and Honor in Y13 travelled to the Institut Français in London for the National Finals of the Joutes Oratoires. They debated in French against other finalists from schools across the country, tackling motions such as “Public service workers should not have the right to strike” and “Hard-line civil disobedience is justified in raising awareness of climate change”. Both students debated with passion and were praised for their eloquence, clarity and conviction. They won both of their debates, narrowly missing out on a place in the grand final. Honor also received a coup de coeur (judge’s favourite) award for her performance. It was a very long day due to train delays and tube strikes, but both were extremely patient and excellent company throughout. Please do pass on congratulations when you see them – they were delighted. Thanks also to our assistant Léonie for all her support in helping the students prepare.