Christmas Staff Debate 2019

For the third year running, the KHS Sixth Form Debating Society organised the Annual Christmas Staff Debate, with the motion: This House would arrest Santa for breaking into people’s homes.

Prop: Mr Shaheen, Mr Das, Ms Williams

Opp: Ms Persaud, Mr Thomas, Mr Moffat

Students swarmed into the Sixth Form Study Room to witness this fiery, spirited debate. As the first speaker, Mr Shaheen defined the motion with wit and clarity, proposing that Santa is evidently invading people’s privacy, and this cannot be dismissed as harmless in a post-’MeToo’ world. In response, Ms Persaud argued eloquently that Santa lacks the criminal intent to harm people, and is a welcome visitor in everyone’s homes. Mr Das fired back that our consent to Santa’s presence is implied, before pointing out Santa’s involvement in animal cruelty by overworking his reindeers on a cold Christmas Eve. In his first debate as the Headteacher, Mr Thomas declared that arresting Santa is a drain on police resources, especially during a time of austerity for the UK. After Mr Moffat’s assertion that such a motion lacked any evidence or reason to appear in court (and dazzled the spectators with a song to finish!), Ms Williams concluded the debate by passionately arguing that Santa’s habitual housebreaking is a clear violation of our human rights.  
In the middle of the debate, many students provided impressive questions and objections to both teams.  

With a cheering competition among the floor, the opposition was proclaimed victorious.  The debate ended with a sense of sportsmanship, good humour, and respect all around.  

‘This debate was really enjoyable,’ commented a student who attended.  ‘It was great to see the teachers who we’ve known all these years argue and discuss such a contentious topic together in this way.  This was a shining example of good debating.’

Thank you and well done to all the staff who took part!

Article written by Priya Bharadia, KHS Sixth Form Student

Annual Staff Christmas Debate

This year’s debate was organised  by the Upper School Debating Society and the motion was: This House wishes it could be Christmas everyday. 

Prop: Mr Waxman, Mr Das, and Ms Williams

Opp: Ms Hunter, Mr Senior and Ms Regan

A wonderfully lively debate witnessed by staff and students alike debate the implications of it being Christmas everyday. Mr Waxman opened the debate with his customary enthusiasm and vigour, arguing that Christmas was very much about giving to others, and helping. Ms Hunter raised the very many impracticalities this would bring about, and how eventually it could become a little meaningless. Mr Das attempted to sell the health benefits of Christmas, stating this would enable people to get their 5 a day! While Mr Senior implored the masses to ignore the false promises of the proposition, stating that Christmas would be expensive and how it would become a constant stream of unwanted guests. After several tense but well humoured exchanges the opposition dubbed ‘grinches and scrooges’ by the effervescent Ms Williams saw their valiants efforts fall short as the wit and style of the proposition was rewarded with a resounding victory, but not before Ms Regan asked with a wry smile if indeed this was such a good idea why the school had not made it a policy! 

Thank you to all the staff for giving up their lunch to debate.

Debating in Upper School continues in the New Year. Year 10 and 11 will be back on Tuesday 15th January at lunch in Room 55, while the Sixth Form will be back on Wednesday 16th January at lunch in Room 88.