On Monday, 13th of March it was the Commonwealth Day Schools Debate, celebrated by student and teacher representatives from seven various schools in Honiara, and held at the National Parliament, Paul Tovua Complex.
Our school's privileged debaters were Shawntellah Maiap and Ryan Prasad from Year 10 (IGCSE 2) and the seven flag bearers were Berni Guan, Tannisha Tran, Mikaella and Moriel Villanueva, Megha Thakar, Irina Mypana and Lorraine Nieng.
The day's program commenced with the entrance of the hosts through a human walkway of students waving the flags of Commonwealth countries. We stood for the National Anthem and opening prayer led by students, and took our seats as the hosts began their remarks. A photo-shoot followed, and then the main event for the day. The topic was "Equality Means Equal Number of Women in Parliament". Ryan and Shawntellah represented were in different teams: affirmative and negative. The debate was very formal and structured, each limited to five minutes and judged/scored out of 400. All candidates did an outstanding job with their speeches.
We congratulate Ryan for winning second best individual prize, as well as Shawntellah who did exceptionally well! Lastly, we were treated to a tour of the Parliament House and served a light lunch, then transported back to school. The event was hosted by the National Parliament and the British High Commissioner's Office.
By: Mikaella Villanueva
Photo credits: Moriel Villanueva