News presenter and former Solihull School pupil Michael Buerk is returning to his roots to chair a debate between pupils.
The former Nine O’Clock News presenter, who was a pupil at the Warwick Road school from 1955 to 1965, will be chairing the Big Debate event in the Bushell Hall on Thursday, June 19, from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Pupils, parents and friends of the school are being invited to hear Meriden MP Caroline Spelman propose the motion ‘This house believes that rich nations (G20) should strive to meet the UN guideline of giving 0.7 per cent of their GDP to the poorest.’
Adam Hawksbee, president of Sheffield University’s Debating Society, will oppose the motion, which will include opportunities for questions from the floor.
Michael has also become the new patron of Solihull Debating Society, one of the largest school debating societies in the country with more than 250 members.
The presenter said: “It should be fun to go back to chair a debate for the Debating Society at my old school, where I was such an indifferent debater myself half a century ago.”
Solihull was ranked among the UK’s top ten teams at this year’s Durham University Schools Competition, Europe’s biggest debating contest.
The school has also been Central England Champions at both under 16 and under 18 levels for several years and Novice Champions at the recent Nottingham Open Competition.
Alison Bond, Development and Alumni Relations Director, said: “We are delighted that such a distinguished alumnus as Michael Buerk has agreed to take part in what we hope will become a keenly anticipated annual event in the school calendar.”
Tickets for the event are available by contacting Tracey Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0121 703 2883.