I was one of eight Stroud High School students who attended the European Youth Parliament national session in Liverpool this weekend, where we debated with and against schools from all around the UK. This included students from Guildford High School, St Paul’s School, Pate’s Grammar School, St Colman’s College, Cardiff Sixth Form College and Mearns Castle High School. Our team consisted of Katie Breeds, Ellie Cruise, Georgia Ford, Cara Hart, Rachael Smith, Grace Spencer, Ruby Woods and myself. The session began with team-building activities, where we got to know our committee members in order to successfully work together as a team. The following day, we began working on our resolutions, which seek to offer solutions to the various problems outlined in the motions assigned to different committees. Some examples of the issues we were allocated in our motions are the gender employment gap, disability in the workplace, artificial intelligence, space debris, and antibiotic resistance. After a long day of working with our committees, our resolutions were finally drafted, and following a quiz and other evening activities, we retired to bed to prepare for the day of debating ahead of us.
The next morning we arrived to debate the various resolutions in the General Assembly, where our team of debaters were strong, with some fantastic points and rebuttals being made, as well as strong and powerful speeches being delivered. Based on our performance at nationals; the judges chose Stroud High and Mearns Castle High School to progress to the international session of EYP. The judges described Stroud High’s performance as ‘fantastic across the board.’ We are all incredibly excited to continue our EYP journey in Yerevan, Armenia.
By Bella Brown, Year 13