On Saturday 6 December 2014 the Isle of Wight College entered the Isle of Wight Mock Trial competition. This was the first time that we had entered a team and the students have been working hard for months to prepare for the day.
All Island schools took part in the competition with a team of 16 students. Our students came from Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business, Year one and Year 2 and Level 3 Public Services Year 1. The students had to take the roles of Barrister for the Prosecution, which were expertly played by Katherine Turner and Imogen Gilbert, and Defence Team was made up by Harry Flux and Kyle Moul who were a force to be reckoned with.
Barristers were judged on how well they spoke without reading from a script, which is especially hard in a Court Room while presenting a 3 minute opening speech or a 5 minute closing speech. They also had to spontaneously cross examine witnesses based on the evidence presented to them in the Court Room. Conner Callaway-Wood was the Usher and Amelia Brodie was the Court Clerk who magnificently played the roles of the court staff.
The Witness Team were Sophie Kecsmar, Shelby Jones, Lia Bentley and Cathy Skinner. The witnesses all had to learn their roles and respond to questioning from their own team, and then the opposing side, which at times, was brutal. The Jury were made up of Shelley Moss, Sophie Hopkins, Farina Nusrat and Shaun King and who were on duty in the Cowes Enterprise College v Ryde Academy case. Barry Gardener took the role of the Court Journalist for the day.
In round one, our Prosecution Team were up against the Defence from Ryde School. Ryde School gave a great forum for our students to shine and they did an outstanding job. In the afternoon, our defence was up against The Priory and again did themselves, and the rest of the team proud.
It was a very nerve wracking day for every member of the team, however, I also felt excited to have this opportunity, and am thankful to the organisers for allowing us to have this experience. I also feel proud to have represented the Isle of Wight College in this competition.
A fantastic achievement
Our team were overjoyed to have come in third place with an amazing 143 points, just 4 marks away from the second place team. This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for the students and so very well deserved after their time, effort and dedication to the competition.
The day was a wonderful experience for all staff and students. It was exciting, nerve wracking and intense. To be judged by a real Judge, in a real court room, with immense pressure takes a lot of courage. Prosecution Barrister Katherine Turner said that “It was a very nerve wracking day for every member of the team, however, I also felt excited to have this opportunity, and am thankful to the organisers for allowing us to have this experience. I also feel proud to have represented the Isle of Wight College in this competition.”