Preparing for the Academic Challenge Day in October had a particular focus on the ‘impromptu’ on-minute speech. This event is a feature of this event; students are told of the theme for the round, then choose a number which reveals a one-word topic for them to discuss, with no preparation time. Another unique characteristic of this occasion is that students work in a team with one other member of their school, while the other 6 members of the team are pairs from 3 other schools. Students are required to be collaborative with strangers of like-mind, working on challenging tasks all of which have a time limit in what is truly an Academic Challenge Day.
by Anthea Watkins, Year 7 Boys Level Co-ordinator