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The Leys Triumphs at Rotary Peace Debates

On the evening of Monday 2 October, a three-person team from The Leys emerged victorious in the Rotary Peace Debates held in our Great Hall. Isabelle M-P, Rose G and Emily H delivered an outstanding performance proposing the motion: THBT the search for absolute power by an individual, rather than inequality in the distribution of resources, will lead to the next world war.

The Rotary Club Peace Debates is an annual competition organised by Rotary Clubs worldwide. The primary objective of these debates is to promote dialogue, critical thinking, and awareness about peace and conflict resolution among young individuals. The theme of this year’s competition was ‘Peace – one day?’ and our local competition was organised by the Rotary Club of Cambridge South.

The Leys were up against King’s Ely for their individual debate, but the whole competition involved six local schools. We beat fierce competition from strong teams representing The Perse, The Stephen Perse, Kings Ely, Chesterton Sixth Form and Impington International School.

Head of English, Mrs Divito, commented: “They spoke with clarity, demonstrated an excellent understanding of the motion and their teamwork was commendable. I greatly enjoyed working with them during the past two weeks, and my thanks also go to Mr Francis who assisted them with their initial research. They should be very proud of their accomplishments.”