Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg pupil in Wales’ Debating Team
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg pupil, Sara Jones, has been chosen to represent Wales in the World Schools Debate Championship. She is one of five members in the team from all over Wales.
Sara Jones, year 13, has been chosen from hundreds of applicants to represent her country as part of the Welsh team for the ‘World Schools Debate Championship’. She will now compete with the team at international and global competitions. They are currently preparing for a global tournament, which should have been held in Macau, but will take place on Zoom later this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. Over the Easter break, Sara and her team competed at the Prague Debate and performed well. This is Sara’s second year as part of the team, and follows in the footsteps of her brother, Huw Jones, who was also part of the team for three years.
Sara currently studies Welsh, English Literature, French and Spanish at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg’s sixth form. She has been a member of several debate and public speaking teams at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg since year 7. Last year, she competed with the school in the ‘English Speaking Union’ final and reached the semi-finals with her Public Speaking team. She also competes through the medium of Welsh and her school team won the 2nd prize at the South Wales Rotary Public Speaking Competition in 2020.
Of the experience with the Welsh squad, Sara said, ‘It’s amazing. Debating makes you think in an analytic way and you have to be prepared at all times. I enjoy the thrill and excitement that comes with the competition. In some rounds, you’re not allowed to prepare nor have prior notes and I therefore have to react and create a speech from what I’ve just heard from other competitors. Also, as the debating community is international, I now have global friends and we’ve all become really close. It broadens your horizon!’
Mr Angell Jones, Headteacher at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg said, ‘We’re all very proud of Sara here at the school. She has developed her skills and gained many experiences whilst representing the school in several competitions and attending our Public Speaking extra-curricular clubs here at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg. Now, it is wonderful to see her represent her country. Sara has a bright future ahead!’
We wish Sara well as she competes in the World Schools Debate Championship in July. The Welsh team will be competing against 70 other countries.
Llongyfarchiadau a phob dymuniad da i Sara a thîm Cymru!