Sixth Form Debating Club

With the upcoming General Election our motion was a topical one, ‘The House would make voting compulsory’ arguing for the proposition were Nouh, Umayma and Priya – while on the opposition we had Bill, Devvan and Amal.

In lively debate the proposition argued that compulsory voting would ensure we had governments  that had a greater degree of legitimacy and a fair representation of the people stating that it has worked in Australia and other nations. Whereas the opposition refused to buckle arguing that voting was a civic right not a duty and that it would lay the foundation to give to rise an authoritarian regime. In a packed study room the motion was passed for the proposition.

KHS success at City of London School Model United Nations 2019

20 Sixth Form students took part in the annual City of London School Model United Nations conference to compete against some of the best grammar and independent schools from in and around London.

We are delighted to inform you that Adnan Zahid from Year 12 won ‘Best Delegate’ award for his contribution on the Security Council where he ably represented the views of Russia with regards to the ongoing Syrian Civil war. In addition, Andrei, Jaival, Sahas and Ziad managed to persuade their committee to pass a number of clauses in the Eco Soc Committee. 

All the students represented the school with distinction and were pleasure to work with. It must be noted that the students were given a very short time to prepare and were exceptional in their efforts.

There was also an opening speech from Rosemary Thomas OBE who has worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over 28 years covering a number of roles such as Ambassador to Belarus, Deputy Director for Eastern Europe, Head of the War Crimes and First secretary for Elimination. She gave an overview of her personal experiences in places like Afghanistan, along with her opinions and thoughts on working at the FCO and how the various roles she had covered were enriching, rewarding yet challenging. The students appreciated the insight she offered, and were better able to appreciate the role of a diplomat. 

ESU Debating Competition

We were delighted to host the first round of the ESU Competition in the Upper School in K Hall. Six teams from schools around Brent enthusiastically debated the following motions: This house would ban the sale and consumption of meat, this house would build on the green belt, this house would weight votes such that the younger the voter, the more powerful their vote.
We were represented by two sixth formers Bhavna Patel and Fawaz Sajid. Unfortunately we came up short against a fantastic debating duo from North Bridge House Senior School.
The debates were judged by Eliot Pallot from the ESU, and David Moffat and Rachelle Regan from KHS – we thank them for their time and efforts.
Special thanks to Godwin on the caretaking team; to Careen, Mary and the catering team; to the Upper School SLT; to Tracey Cox, and to the members of staff and fellow students who kindly gave their time to support the competitors during the evening. 

City of London School Model United Nations Conference 2018

In one of the highlights of the Spring calendar for the Sixth Form, 31 students travelled to City of London School, by the Millennium Bridge on the side of the Thames, to participate in the school’s annual Model United Nations conference as delegates for the countries of USA, DPRK, Italy, Yemen, Cote d’Ivoire, Peru, Indonesia and Rwanda. The conference had six committees, discussing world issues relating to disarmament and international security, politics, human rights, environment, economic and social policy, and the Security Council’s focus was on the question of the civil war in Yemen. Each committee had as its main objective the passing of a resolution to tackle the issues in question, which would be agreed by the majority of countries.

In the opening ceremony, all delegates (approximately 120 students) received a warm welcome and a brief lecture on the history and importance of the United Nations by Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at LSE, Dr Spyros Economides.

The Kingsbury students won prizes and honourable mentions in the closing ceremony, with Akira Allman (Year 13) winning a best delegate award in the Human Rights Committee. During the day, Kingsbury students made a significant impact at the conference:
*Students with clauses passed by their committees included Haider Nazerali (Year 13, Security Council), Parth Kataria (Year 13, EcoSoc), Abeena Devanand (Year 12, Environment), Sahas Warna (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security), Avnish Patel (Year 12, Human Rights, voted “best clause submitted in committee”), and Zara Ahmed (Year 12, Disarmament and International Security).
*Students who were frequently on their feet, asking questions and speaking for and against clauses, included Akira Allman, Zainab Jalali (Year 12) and Siham Sahal (Year 12) in the Human Rights Committee; Ben Sparke (Year 12) in the Disarmament and International Security Committee; Nauman Zahid (Year 13), Greta Nuzi (Year 12) and Don Jayasekera (Year 12) in the Politics Committee; and Abeena Devanand and Hassan Naima (Year 12) in the Environment Committee.
*Most impressive speeches included a first, in my experience of MUN: Aaron Stevens (Year 13) and Nauman Zahid (Year13), in the Politics Committee, both returned to their seats to spontaneous applause, having respectively made funny and intelligent remarks about space law.

Overall, this was a fantastic event in which Kingsbury students made a significant contribution and shone in very good company, competing against teams from schools including Tiffin Girls’ School, Lady Eleanor Holles, Latymer Upper School, City of London Freemen’s School, James Allen’s Girls School, King’s College School (Wimbledon), St Benedict’s School, Woldingham School and Queen’s College, London.

Photos by Parth Kataria