Kingsbury High School students had the fantastic opportunity to showcase their debating skills at the first round of the English-Speaking Union Schools’ Mace Competition last Thursday.
On the evening of November 19th, Kingsbury High students from across years 7 to 13 attended the competition, which was held at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. Teams from competing schools were well prepared and it was a tough round. Seasoned debaters, Iman Mohamed and Sakthy Uthayakumar, spoke passionately and convincingly against the motion this house would force the BBC to implement diversity quotas for casts of all their shows. Victory may have gone to the hosts, Habs Boys, but both girls showed great skill and received glowing feedback from the judges.
Keen debater, Sara Dehvari, received high praise too, as she formed part of the swing team debating the motion this house believes that the UK government should pay reparations to countries that suffered from the slave trade, making a strong case with just 15 minutes to prepare.
Younger debaters had the opportunity to contribute also. Both Xane Miles, in Year 7, and Nouh El-Ouaz, in Year 8, deserve particular praise for thoughtful points made in floor debate.