HISTORY OF DEBATING
Debating at King Edward VII School has a long and distinguished history. The earliest reference to the Debating Society in the school magazine appears to be in 1927. By the mid-nineteen-thirties, the society was fairly active, although most of the debates seem to have been internal and the society was run almost entirely by a committee of boys.
By the early nineteen-forties, regular debates were being arranged with other schools such as Parktown High School for Girls, Johannesburg High School for Girls and St John’s College which provided good speaking and entertainment.
In the late nineteen-sixties, inter-school debating leagues came into fashion. King Edward first entered the Kolbe Cup in 1967, reaching the final on our first attempt. The School won.
By the nineteen-nineties, the inter-school debating league was taken over by the South African Council of Education. King Edward VII School won this competition in 1995, and remains a feared opponent. The School also runs its own friendly league, allowing our own debaters and those from other Schools to hone their skills and gain valuable practice.
Debating at King Edward VII School certainly has been interesting this year. We rallied the troops and went straight into the SACEE Debating League, The Seniors were accompanied by a new group of juniors, with fresh minds, opinions and perspectives, ready to face the challenge. With topics ranging from medical parole to violence in the media, we knew that we would have to come prepared.
Although we did not progress to Round 5 of the competition, the cloud had a very promising silver lining – Aqeel Wadee was invited to participate in the Provincial Debating as a potential speaker for the Provincial Debating which is a great honour.
This means the King Edward Debating League has been revived. The Society meets on a Tuesday afternoon in the Auditorium in Terms 1, 2 and 4. Lively debates and discussions are held in this time, mock debates as preparation and the preparation for prepared topics for Sacee. Sacee Debating takes place on Sunday mornings from 8am until 2pm.
After contacting many of our neighbouring schools, we found that there was an overwhelming interest, and so, from the fourth term, King Edward VII School will once again be the host for these challenging debates.
Debating is something that we at King Edward VII School give great importance to, as it moulds young minds and teaches our young boys to become men of opinion and sound values. It teaches them to have opinions, and to voice these opinions in a manner befitting a King Edward boy.
We look forward to taking debating at King Edward to new heights, and with the calibre of young man that we have behind us, we have no doubt that this is a definite possibility.
Ahmed Bux, Uzair Gardee and Adam Benefeld
Verushen Coopoo, Aqeel Wadee, Muhammad Variawa, Tristan Marot, Dike Phatudi, Dean Snoyman and Jonathan Wareing
Model United Nations Debate
On Saturday 15 September 2012, two teams of three learners each participated in the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) run Model United Nations Debate. Teams are allocated countries to represent and they do research and preparation to allow them to debate about a chosen topic. At the debate, they are also required to persuade other countries to their way of thinking and to possibly prepare a resolution to present to the (mock) Security Council of the U N which earns them extra points. Aqeel Wadee, Verushen Coopoo and Tristan Marot were the delegation from Mozambique in the debate on Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Tsebo Marwa, Stephen Baxter and Garrick Blok formed the delegation from Malaysia in the debate around Rhino Poaching.
The Mozambique delegation were placed second (silver) while the delegation from Malaysia won their debate and were awarded gold.
The Best Delegation from each of this year’s Model UN sessions will be invited to participate in the all-expenses paid SAIIA Young Leaders Conference to be held during 10-14 December 2012.
This week-long conference will involve high profile speakers, visits to government and international organisation offices, and negotiations sessions on current global issues. Using principles of Model United Nations, participants will represent different sectors or interest groups in assigned committees to put forth the views of young South Africans on topics such as climate change and sustainable development, education, and the global financial crisis. At the close of the negotiation sessions learners will have drafted their possible recommendations and solutions to be shared with United Nations and government officials.
School Delegates at Model UN Conference 2012
Garrick Blok ,Tsebo Marwa & Stephen Baxter: Gold Medal Winners
Verushen Coopoo , Tristan Marot and Aqeel Wadee : Silver Medal Winners
ANNUAL SCHOOLS QUIZ
1ST Annual Schools’ Quiz 2012
On Thursday 13 September, eight King Edward learners attended the inaugural Schools’ Quiz, hosted by Varsity College.
Divided into two teams, the boys faced off against several schools from around Johannesburg. The evening was hosted by comedian Jason Goliath, who provided thoroughly entertaining fare on the evening, particularly at the expense of King Edward Team Two!
The questions ranged from extremely easy to much more challenging. When the final results were announced, King Edward Team One (consisting of Jonathan Currie, Verushen Coopoo, Aqeel Wadee and Tristan Marot) were placed third, winning R250 each and 5 percent off of their fees if they choose to study at Varsity College in the coming year. King Edward Team Two (consisting of Matthew Jenner, Stephen Baxter, Faraaz Abrahams and Lloyd May) came fourth closely being listed by only one point! King Edward VII School was placed second overall, losing to Redhill who lifted the prestigious Varsity College Trophy.
The evening provided entertainment, head-scratching trivia and many laughs! An evening which was enjoyed by all!
Report by: Matthew Jenner
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