17 May 2015 – Alexandra High School’s debating coach and former student, Mr Thishin Moodley (class of 2013), has been a prominent member of the provincial and national debating scene for many years, both as a speaker and coach. Mr Moodley recently been promoted to the position of Head Coach of the KZN Squad’s Junior division (Grade 8 and 9 teams). His teams will compete against other provinces at the National Schools’ Debating Championship at the end of the year – a tournament he is on the Organising Committee for.
The KZNSDA is a volunteer organisation that co-ordinated debating throughout the province, runs speaker development initiatives for underprivileged students, hosts competitive tournaments such as the Provincial Championships and selects and trains students to compete against other provinces on behalf of KZN at the Nationals Schools Debating Championship. The KZNSDA works closely with the Pietermaritzburg Debating League and others in KZN to ensure a high standard of debating development occurs.
Mr Moodley’s own experience in the debating field is the source of much pride for both Alex and the KZNSDA. Mr Moodley’s school team at Alex consistently ranked in Piermaritzburg’s top 4 and competed in the Pietermaritzburg Finals several times – even winning the finals in 2010. In 2010, his team went as far as winning the Provincial Grand Finals, making Alex a provincially recognised leader in debating.
As an individual, Mr Moodley has successfully represented both the city and province. In 2009 he was selected to represent Pietermaritzburg at the KZN Provincial Championships and was ultimately selected to represent KZN on the KZN Junior A team, which ranked achieved the highest scores of any provincial team in South Africa that year and competing in the Finals against Gauteng Junior A. In that same year, his scores in debates at the National Schools Debating Championship also earned him the official ranking of 1st in South Africa for Junior Level debating. In the following two years he competed in KZN’s Senior A team. In 2012 his Senior A team won the National Senior Finals against Western Cape A while he achieved the ranking of 6th in South Africa. As a result of his stellar performance he was invited to join the trials process for speakers for the South African team – an offer he regretfully had to pass owing to his prioritisation of Matric.
Alex wishes Mr Moodley the best of luck in his new position while he continues to fly the Alex flag high.