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Wilson’s at Oxford

Two Wilson's teams were competing at the Oxford Schools 2016-7 Finals Day this month. The Wilson's "Deportables" (Toye Oladinni and Anthony Piwowarski) and "Los Insurgentes" (Matthew Kayanja and Ahmed Imam) had made it through to this showpiece event that sees over 800 schools and colleges and 3,000 competitors taking part in the preliminary rounds. Teams had journeyed from as far afield as the Netherlands, Hungary and even Canada to compete. Motions were taxing (on the legality of paying ransom, the abolition of marriage, limitations on refugees) and students were judged to the same standards as university competitors.

Whilst both teams performed well, Ahmed and Matthew had their best day in any major competition to date: in preliminary rounds they won one debate and were second in two. This was not quite enough to edge them into the knock-out stages, but their overall of finish of 19th in a field of over 100 teams was very impressive. Their success ensured that Wilson's finished as the highest ranking state school in the competition. The final stages also saw Tim Sharpe (OW) acting as a judge in the Grand Final: Wilson's boys are clearly making their voices heard in the most prestigious places!
The Lavender Hill Mob: More Wilson's Success in Mock Trials

March 11 saw teams for Wilson's Year 8 and 9 assemble at Lavender Hill Court to compete in the regional round of the Magistrates' Mock Trial Competition. The teams had been training since December, with valuable help from the Senior Mock Trial team adding to their readiness. Students must take the parts of lawyers, ushers, legal advisors, magistrates and witnesses as they re-enact realistic trials in actual courthouse buildings: the case they were defending or prosecuting was a complex (fictional) tale of burglary, theft, truancy and mistaken identity – tricky enough for the professionals!

The Year 9 students gave an exemplary display, with Finley Pointing (a tenacious prosecution lawyer), Ollie Flowers (the accused), Humza Rafi and Eddie Hamidovic (well prepared witnesses) giving particularly impressive performances in Court. Year 9 will be progressing to the next round of the competition with spirits very high having finished second of eight teams. The Year 8 team gave a good account of themselves under the phlegmatic captaincy of Syed Shah but did not manage to progress this time; they will return battle-hardened to next year's competition. Particular thanks must go to Mann Patira, who stepped into his role as prosecution witness for Year 8 at short notice and with admirable composure. Given the appearance of the Senior Team in the Bar Mock Trial national final this month, it seems that Wilson's is nurturing a fine crop of legal talent for the future.