We welcomed visitors from across the pond this week as the Hackley School in New York took part in some debating and drama workshops with our Lower Sixth students.
After meeting our guests for coffee in Hammersmith, the gloves were soon off as the two schools clashed in animated debate at school. As the New Yorkers were new to British Parliamentary style, each student was paired with a Godolphin girl. The motion ‘This House Would Ban Criminals from Publishing Accounts of their Crimes’ was hotly debated, with Godolphin’s Natalia opening with a robust and emotive plea to protect the victims’ privacy for the government. The opening opposition did well to counter with an argument on freedom of speech and Hackley student Kiri followed her partner’s lead with a strong and well substantiated proposition. Godolphin student Linnea, partnered by Hackley’s Sydney, won the round in style with a resounding reminder of the motion and a cutting, precise analysis of the flaws in the proposition. Mr Fitzpatrick, the teacher from New York, said they spent the whole tube journey back to the hotel continuing to debate the motion, which is always the sign of the right kind of competition.
On Thursday lunchtime, the Hackley students were given another taste of a Godolphin education with a drama workshop with our Lower Sixth A Level and IB students.
Under the guidance of Mr Benson, the two schools warmed up with a series of games designed to get the students' creative juices flowing. Some cross-school collaboration was required as the students were tasked with working in pairs to improvise a conversation and keep it going for as long as they could. Both sets of students displayed some fantastically quick thinking and some great acting skill and lots of laughs were shared.