Public Speaking & Debating
The ESU Junior Public Speaking Competition 2017
On Saturday, 28th January, BSB entered our Primary Public Speaking Team in the 2017 ESU Junior Public Speaking Competition, which was held at the International British School of Bucharest. The team consisted of eight students from Year 5 and 6, who were handed the challenge of speaking to an audience for two minutes with a prepared speech based on the theme "Adventures are never fun while you're having them." (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, CS Lewis). Competitors were also expected to answer questions on their speeches after they had delivered them. The team all performed extremely well and the standard this year was high. Nevertheless, BSB returned from the competition with one 1st place, two second places and three Honourable Mentions. Well done, Team!
The Winston Churchill International Debating Competition
There is a strong tradition of debate at BSB supported by our popular Debating after school activity. BSB has had many successes in local and international competitions over the past few years. Most recently, several BSB students attended the annual Winston Churchill Debating competition in November 2017. This year for the first time, the competition united teams not only from Bucharest international schools but also internationally, as we were joined by teams from The British School of the Netherlands and English International School, Marbella.
The BSB team composed of students from Years 10-13 and debated subjects including the abolition of monarchies; university fees and artificial intelligence. Following a unanimous victory in the semi-final they battled against EIC Marbella in a tense final with the motion being 'This House would ban genetic modification'. Inevitably, the judges' opinions were split and the audience was left in suspense during their deliberations until, at last, team BSB were announced as victorious for the second year in a row.