A small group of KHS students travelled to the Institute of Education to compete in the UCL Schools’ Debating Cup, a fiercely contested event with teams from some of the best debating schools in the country (such as Dulwich College, Eton and St Paul’s Girls). Kingsbury High School was represented in the competition by Aaron Stevens and Arran Jabbari, two Debating Society regulars but external competition “novices”, with support on the sidelines from Nikita Shikotra and Nauman Zahid; and Kingsbury’s Head Boy, Haider Nazerali, competed for the Debate Mate organisation with a partner from another school. They all enjoyed the competition and the motions were challenging but also very interesting.
It became clear, as the competition progressed, that Haider’s team was heading for the finals and we all stayed to watch his brilliant performance in the semi-final (on requiring games manufacturers to promote female protagonists), followed by his characteristically strong contribution to an exceptionally hard-fought final on a motion proposing the selling of citizenships. In the end Haider shared joint first prize with his Debate Mate partner as Best Speaker on the Day (highest scoring across all debates) and was a Runner-Up in the Final, with the Debate Mate team narrowly losing to Dulwich College.
Haider is next representing Kingsbury High School in the National Finals of the Cambridge Union Schools Debating Competition, in which he will be partnered by Head Girl, Sara Dehvari. The school will also be represented in these finals by Salem Ali and Akira Allman, who have performed superbly in Wednesday lunch-time debates over the course of the year.
Our new Head Boy and Head Girl team, Haider Nazerali and Sara Dehvari, who are both very experienced and successful debaters, hosted Kingsbury’s first ever Lower School Debating Competition. This new competition for KHS gives our younger students an introduction to the various debating events that will take place once they are in Upper School and Sixth Form. The competition built on a highly successful Debating Workshop delivered by the English Speaking Union.
The competition involved 8 teams consisting of Year 7, 8 and 9 students debating their ways through two rounds, ably supported by the fantastic KHS Upper School Debating Society members, who judged each round. Danial Bakhtiari (7K) and Dylan Patel (7G) won individual prizes, whilst the winning team in a closely fought final in K Hall consisted of Xane Miles (8G), Jawad Bokhari (9R), Andrei Crenganis (9Y) and Kailan Gadher (9Y). Winners and Runners-Up received certificates.
Thank you to Ms Dusmez and Mr MacKay for running the Lower School Debating Society in Ms Assaad’s absence, and for Ms Tumber for working on debating skills with her Year 9 HPQ students. These efforts ensure that we have debating and public speaking skills being developed across every year group of the school and a clear ladder for students to progress in debating during their journey through the school and into the Sixth Form.
There was a special assembly in K Hall on Friday morning as the Headteacher and Sixth Form Management Team announced their annual selections for Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputies, Senior Prefects and Ambassadors. Mr Waxman took the audience through his personal journey, reflecting on how he became the person he now is and the importance of being complete as a person. This is something KHS regards very highly in developing its students, by not only creating students who are academically successful, but also by developing character and the rounded person through Excel Days and extracurricular opportunities.
Mr Waxman then moved on to announcing the new student leadership team. Congratulations to all the new prefects, the 6 new Deputy Headgirls and Headboys as well as Haider Nazerali and Sara Dehvari on becoming our new Head Boy and Girl respectively. These individuals have made a hugely positive impression at the school and will be excellent role models for younger students. We wish them every success in their new roles.