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Archbishop Debates with KMPF Partner School Students

Students from Saint George's Church of England School in Gravesend made the most of a wonderful opportunity when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited their school on 30 October as part of his two day visit to Rochester.

During his visit to the school, the Archbishop took part in a debate with the school's debating team. The subject they discussed was social media, and whether or it not it enhances a sense of social community. The Archbishop was accompanied by Bishop James Lanstaff and Bishop Simon Burton-Jones who also took part. Marta Almeida from the University of Kent's Outreach and Community team, who helped organise the debate, chaired on the day. She says:

"I had last worked with all the students when they were in Year 8, and I was really impressed by how much they had remembered about debating, how articulate they all were, and how quickly they were able to prepare for this. Back in Year 8, they often struggled with asking and answering Points of Information during the debate. For me, one of the highlights today was seeing them confidently asking and replying to POIs, especially considering that they were being recorded and broadcasted live! This was an incredible opportunity for the students, and the well-deserved praise they received at the end of it has helped increase their confidence."

You can watch a video recording of the full debate here (note. this will open in Facebook and the video will not play in Internet Explorer; please use an alternative browser).

If you are a KMPF partner school, you too can request debating support from the University of Kent.


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