On Saturday, a group of our Year 11 and Sixth Form students made it through to the National Finals Day of the Cambridge Schools Debating Competition. Students took part in four rounds of fiercely competitive debating, against schools such as Eton and Westminster. They had just 15 minutes to prepare for motions on religious influences on politics, the use of entrapment by police, the genetic enhancement of embryos and economic growth versus economic equality. Although we didn’t make it through to the grand final, it was a fantastic day for our students, with Hadi Hijazi and Brenda Muhiddin scoring a second place in two of their debates, and Sara Dehvari and Enilla Ansari taking first place in two of their debates.
We are incredibly proud of our students, seeing them achieve remarkable success over some very tough competition. They have worked very hard this year, organising debates every Wednesday lunch time, and encouraging our younger students to get involved in debating. They have shown a huge amount of dedication and enthusiasm to the Debating Society, despite the busy exam period.
This month we are also taking part in the Kings College London Debating competition, UCL Schools Debating competition, and Imperial Schools Debating competition.
Thank you to every member of staff who contributed to our debating events this year: the students really appreciate your support.
Ms Tumber and Mr Mitchell
Some of KHS’ Year 7s took part in an initiative with the local primary schools, Brent and Veola getting involved in a litter programme. The students spend the afternoon in the areas surrounding the school clearing litter, making it a cleaner environment for everyone.
‘This is not about us,’ commented one of the students ‘it is about making Kingsbury nicer.’
The activity turned into a fun competition where everyone wanted to be the best litter picker and make the biggest impact on the environment they live in. Students have already asked to repeat the activity, which shows how much they care about their environment.
In a fantastic week for debating at Kingsbury High School, Sara Dehvari and Enilla Ansari claimed victory over three hard-fought rounds at the Cambridge Union to reach Finals Day of the competition, to be held on Saturday 18th February. This was the highlight of an intense week of competitive debating, which also saw Kingsbury High School hosting almost twenty schools and over a hundred student debaters in the Sixth Form Study Centre for the Oxford Union Debating Competition; and host five schools for the second round of the English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace competition.
Without exception, Kingsbury’s students debated with distinction against some incredibly tough competition, including debaters who represent the national team (and defeated by Brenda Muhiddin and Hadi Hijazi in the Cambridge Union competition) and many high-achieving and well-known independent schools. To give a taste of the debating motions, our students faced: ‘This House would never use trial by jury’, ‘This House would set a quota of 40% women for Parliament’ and ‘This House would ban doctors from taking strike action’. Other than in the Mace competition, our students had just 15 minutes to prepare, without access to any written resources. The following students debated for Kingsbury:
Sara Dehvari (Yr 12)
Enilla Ansari (Yr 12)
Haider Nazerali (Yr 12)
Brenda Muhiddin (Yr 13)
Hadi Hijazi (Yr13)
Dhruv Sharan (Yr 13)
Akira Allman (Yr 12)
Salem Ali (Yr 12)
Nauman Zahid (Yr 12)
Hassan Naima (Yr 11)
Jaysal Halai (Yr 11)
In preparation for the Cambridge Union Finals Days our students have attended a debating workshop led by an experienced debater, George Benson. This year’s debating success reflects the efforts of Ms Tumber in promoting the lunch-time Debating Society to Upper School students across the age range, which has resulted in one of the most exciting years yet for this long-established school club. Thank you to every member of staff who contributed to our debating events over the last week: the students really appreciate your support.
Mr Mitchell, Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Oxford Union Debating Competition:
English Speaking Union (ESU) Mace competition:
Congratulations to both Emily and Samiya for another great performance during the Preliminary heats of the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2017. Both Year 7 students managed to secure a place at the second round of the competition earlier this month.
We are thrilled to say that Samiya came 2nd out of 12 students from 6 different schools and goes forward to the London District Final.
The professional Chefs/Judges also praised Emily highly for her menu and she just missed out on going through to the next round.
Both girls should be incredibly proud of themselves for their cooking achievements throughout the competition and we wish Samiya all the best for the London District Final.
It was an inspirational and captivating talk from Andy Rubin, CEO of Pentland Brands, who came to Kingsbury High School to treat the Year 12 students to an insight of his own background as well as Pentland Brands.
During an introduction, he inspired the students by proving that hard work pays off, giving an overview of his educational background and the history and growth of the family run business. Pentland Group works for and with retailers such as JD, Millets, Ellesse, Red or Dead, to name but a few.
Throughout his speech he offered thoughtful advice and an understanding of what it means to be the CEO of such a business. He left the students with a clearer understanding of the company, career options and the global business world.
After a great Q&A at the end of the session during which the students did not shy away from asking challenging questions, students left impressed with Andy Rubin’s career and the support he gave. A student commented ‘‘it has been such an honour to meet Mr Rubin in person and get the opportunity to ask him the questions I wanted to. At first I felt too shy to ask, but I am glad I did.’’