On Saturday 15th March 2014 Caroline Chisholm School took a team of some very talented Year 8 and 9 students to the Magistrates Mock Trial competition which once again this year was held at Coventry Magistrates Courts. The students have prepared for months for this competition and spent many hours honing their speeches and arguments so we were hoping for a good showing from all of them and that is exactly what we got.
Unfortunately we thought we were handicapped this year when one of our most reliable team members had to drop out on the morning of the competition due to illness. Luckily for us a certain Mr Pagano stepped in and calmly learnt a new role in less than an hour as we travelled to the competition. Although he knew that he could not be as prepared as our missing team member was in the role, he nevertheless performed superbly and, together with an all-round polished team performance, we were clearly the winners in the first round.
Things were much closer in the second case where our students faced a confident team from Rugby High School who had won the competition last year and forced us into second place. We competed well against them during this round and I was very proud of our team’s performance and our clerk in particular who was mentioned by the judges as being particularly impressive. Although we had clearly done well, it was also clear that the other team had some good performers as well and neither I nor Mrs Molloy could be sure of what the outcome would be.
By the end of the competition I thought that perhaps we had just done enough to win the competition but as it turned out, yet again we lost out to Rugby High School and they narrowly beat us on total points scored. It was a testament to how close we were this year in that the judges informed us that they had to recount the scores three times before the eventual winners were confirmed. Therefore we bowed out of this year’s competition, disappointed but also immensely proud of our achievements.
Although we did not go through the students can be extremely pleased with their performance and their achievements this year. All of the students worked tirelessly for this competition and as far as I am concerned, they have shown courage and ability in spades. Skills they have developed during this competition will stand them in good stead in later years and hopefully along the way they enjoyed themselves and made a few new friends as well. I would particularly like to thank them all for their dedication and commitment to the competition and would also like to thank Miss De La Fuente, a Year 12 volunteer, who helped out every week, and Mrs Molloy, who helped me organise the competition and kept us on track.
Rest assured that we will be back next year for another go!
Thanks to all from Mr McCormack