School life: Empowering debate and car wash success at Lightcliffe Academy

Lightcliffe Academy debating team
Lightcliffe Academy debating team

Lightcliffe Academy’s newly formed Debating Society had its inaugural event last week discussing two controversial topics: “There should be limits to free speech on social media” and “Social egg freezing empowers women”. With the help of teaching coaches, a lively respect of others opinions were judged by Mrs Peers, Mr Cresswell and Mr Meade, Chaired by the Society’s organiser Mrs Bell.

Showing true potential, Lightcliffe Academy debaters Matthew Booth, Alisha Hunter, Lawrence Heyhoe and Joseph Hollis have been partnered to participate in the West Yorkshire Debating Competition at Leeds Beckett University.

Lightcliffe Academy charity car wash

Lightcliffe Academy charity car wash

A small number of enthusiastic Year 12 students will be taking the trip of a lifetime as they travel to Tanzania to learn more about international human rights and involved with charity work.

Ten students are planning to spend a two weeks visiting schools, communities and voluntary projects that help the local people which will include a water foundation and a safe house for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

To take part in such an experience, these students need to raise approximately £18,000 to cover the costs. Their fund raising programme is to include a coast to coast cycle ride, auction and coffee mornings.

Already having made a fantastic start last week they completed a staff car wash raising £300. One of the participant’s student Oliver Womersley said: ‘We’re really looking forward to travelling to Tanzania and experiencing all that such an opportunity has to offer and that has meant getting stuck into the fundraising.

Hopefully we will be able to develop further links between the UK and Africa.’

The exciting start to the new academic year continues in Lightcliffe Academy with a record intake of 145 Year 12 students, double the number of last year, largely made up of Year 11s who have chosen to stay on.

The students are busy signing up for a number of enrichment opportunities such as sign language, first aid, an extended project qualification or community sports leadership programme both of which contribute to their UCAS points, the Debating Team and creating their own newspaper.