Calcutta Boys' School commemorates Clifford Hicks

The school organised ‘Clifford Hicks Memorial Inter-School Debate’ in commemoration of the life and services of its former Principal

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In the year 2015, Calcutta Boys' School initiated 'The Clifford Hicks Memorial Inter-School Debate' in commemoration of the life and services of Clifford Hicks, who was the Principal and Secretary of CBS from 1952 to 1974.

Hicks was a phenomenon of wit and wisdom, an intellectual of the highest caliber, a voracious reader, a political analyst (being nominated the Anglo Indian MLA in 1967), a sports fan, a dreamer, an understanding and extremely generous friend to all who needed help, and a wonderfully well-informed teacher and above all he was an orator par excellence, whose speeches, both in the school chapel and the legislative assembly, were inspiring, informative and convincing. The acumen with which he got his point across, without any hysterics or drama, is the aspiration of any good debater.

This is exactly what the school celebrated during the fifth edition of 'The Clifford Hicks Memorial Inter-School Debate', from November 4 – 7, 2019. At the event, everybody witnesses young contestants from prestigious schools from all over India displaying their rhetorical skills debating flair.

The previous editions have been grand successes, owing to the support and enthusiasm extended by the participating schools.

This year, like the previous years, the debate was held in two categories – Category I for Classes 11 and 12, Category II for Classes 9 and 10, with prelims and finals for each stage. The top seven teams from the prelims qualified for the finals in each category.

Chief Guest for the opening ceremony was Debasish Sen , Addl Chief Secretary, Govt of West Bengal, Guest of honour was Professor Maira Fernandes, Vice-Chairperson, Women's Commission, Government of West Bengal.

For the closing ceremony, Chief Guest was Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations.

Schools that participated in the inter-school debate competition were Agrasain Balika Siksha Sadan Howrah, Albany Hall Public School Kolkata, Baldwin Girls' High School Bangalore, Baldwin Boys' High School Bangalore, Birla High School Kolkata, among others.


Category 2 – Finals

Runner up Speaker: Tarang Rathi (The Bishop's school, Pune)

Best Speaker: Reva Sharma (La Martiniere for girls, Kolkata)

Runner up Team: Calcutta Boys' School

Winning Team: La Martiniere for girls, Kolkata

Category 1 – Finals

Runner up speaker: Ishaani Basu (LMG)

Best speaker: Rayan Chakravarty (BHS)

Runner up team: LMG

Winning team:BHS

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