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Gabbling and Debating

The Redcliffe 6th Form is very proud indeed to announce that one of our students, the wonderful Travis Alabanza-Brehard, has won the prestigious 'Gabblers' public speaking competition. This is the second time a Redcliffe student has won this in the last five years, our third win in total, and we are still the only state school to do so in the last 12 years.

Travis receives the Gabblers award
Travis receiving the 'Gabblers' public speaking award

The Gabblers club takes one student from 17 schools around the Bristol area and they meet seven times through the year for a meal, with half of them doing an after-dinner speech at each event, leading up to the final meal at which they all speak to well over 200 guests including the Lord Mayor. Travis had to do speeches on topics as varied and abstract as 'Siblings', 'Dreams' and for the final – 'Loose Ends', the overall 'Best Gabbler' award reflecting performance across the whole season.

Travis writes: "Representing Redcliffe in the Gabblers has been an incredible experience. I have gained confidence in myself and learned skills invaluable to life such as the art of public speaking. Having initially gone for it "just to compete", winning the competition is a surprise that has made my year, yet couldn't have been done without the support of Mrs Tothill and my fellow students, who would always listen to my speeches at lunch. Although I'm confident on stage acting as another person, Gabblers has taught me how to be myself and still have confidence. I have been extremely honoured to represent a sixth form I love, and hope Redcliffe hold the title for many years to come!"

This has been another great year for debating generally. Tim Moller and John Gibby reached the second round of the Cambridge Union debating competition and just missed making the finals. Our Model United Nations teams also did exceptionally well. Ollie Norman achieved best delegate in the environment committee, our Brazil delegation were one of the few to be highly commended, and a number of other students received commendations. The highlight was the Secretary General inventing a special award for Tim Moller as 'most charming delegate' out of the 600 present.


MUN 2013Our Model United Nations Team for 2013