Following on from their great success at the Regional Forum in Newcastle, our EYP team travelled to Liverpool Hope University where they took part this year’s Autumn National Session. An EYP National Session runs over four days, and brings together over 120 delegates from 15 teams, one from each region of the United Kingdom.
On the first day of the National Session, students engaged in a fun-packed day of team building. Team building is a huge part of EYP sessions as it gives students the opportunity to meet an array of new people with whom, through the many different styles of games and activities, they can feel comfortable talking to and debating with. Our students found that it gave them confidence to be themselves, improve cooperation and make new friendships.
As for the debating itself, our students approached each and every one with gusto. EYP prides itself on academic ability, so the resolution topics for debate were very challenging indeed! Our students were asked to research and debate the following topics: artificial intelligence, nuclear energy, EU-UK trade relations and women’s rights and gender equality.
Faced with extremely tough competition, we are delighted to announce that two of our delegation, Freddie R and Myles P, have been individually selected to take part in international events this year. Freddie has been selected to take part in the International Session in Tromsø, Norway and Myles has been selected to take part in the National Selection Conference in Busteni, Romania. An outstanding achievement!
Teacher, Mrs Davison said "Our students will have made lasting memories of this experience and we encourage them to keep involved with EYP in the future. We really are so fortunate to have such a talented group of students representing Ponteland High!"
EYP team members left to right: Sahas T (Y13), Ojas R (Y13), Milan B (Y13), Neave D(Y13), Myles P (Y12) and Freddie R(Y12).