Great Result for Debaters
Impressive performance from Third to Sixth Form pupils at international debating competition.
Our Third to Sixth Form debaters have talked their way to some impressive results at the annual international Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. Two Kimbolton teams (representing the delegations of Finland and Grenada) participated in the event at Haberdashers School in North London, competing against 75 other teams from schools across the UK and Europe. Topics for debate ranged from nuclear disarmament and cyber security to the rights of indigenous peoples and the illegal wildlife trade.
It proved to be one of our most successful conferences. The Grenada team (Lydia Carter, Alice Jenkins, Sam May, Sasha Pescod, Charlotte Rose and Noah Sanderson) were all participating in this competition for the first time and performed extremely well in their respective committees.
Meanwhile the Finland team (Chris Bowland, Ella Brown, Hattie Dent, Anushka Shukla, Aryaki Soni and Oscar Williamson) achieved some notable individual successes. Hattie and Oscar received the Highly Commended awards for their respective committees of Political 1 and Disarmament, whilst Chris went one better, securing the runner-up spot (Distinguished Delegate) on the Health Committee. Most impressively of all, the Finland team were named Highly Commended Delegation, placing them in the top 6 teams overall.
The MUN success follows hot on the heels of victory for Hattie and Anushka at the recent English Speaking Union Debating competition against Bedford School. The motion for this debate focused on ‘empires’ – whether they were ‘evil’ creations of the past and whether they have satisfactorily been replaced by nation states.
Hattie and Anushka played the role of the opposition, offering some positive contributions made by empires and questioning how successful some nation states have been in their place. They won the final vote and received high praise from the event organisers for their performance.
Mr Joseph Newsam, who together with Mrs Alison Bates coordinates debating at our school, said: “Both girls impressed with their detailed research, engaging delivery and ability to think on their feet, responding to points raised as the debate progressed.”