For the last four years, Sherborne Qatar has been part of both the Qatar Schools Debate League, and various other international tournaments. However, since the beginning of this academic year, Sherborne’s debating success has skyrocketed, with seventeen pupils attending the World Scholar’s Cup in Malaysia, and a further six attending the Tournament of Champions at Yale University.
That, combined with being the runners-up of the BSME debating tournament in late 2014, and being crowned QSDL champions in June, means that Sherborne Qatar has set the mark high for itself and its competition.
The World Scholar’s Cup in Malaysia hosted more than 3,000 young people (from 40 countries) in the largest event in the history of the World Scholar’s Cup. Our pupils participated in all four academic events and shared community-building activities with top scholars from all around the world. It was a very proud moment when six of our debaters were selected to attend the Tournament of Champions at Yale University.
Sherborne Qatar’s results from the Tournament of Champions, which took place at the highly prestigious Yale University a couple of weeks ago, were very impressive, with three of our pupils being singled out during the closing ceremony for the Da Vinci Award. This is an achievement honoured to the most well-rounded pupils who have performed exceptionally well across all subjects. Additionally, Emily Bird received an outstanding gold medal, as she reached 17th position for the best debater, out of 663 participants (from 27 countries).
The two teams where made up of Christopher Haworth, Hamad Al Mahdi, Lauren McShane, Emily Bird, Conor Mcmahon and Serena Fadil.