The Lyceum’s Debate team showed unbelievable growth and determination by reaching the semi-finals of the 2020 Raziuddin Sheikh All Pakistan National Debating Championship. In the largest and most competitive nationals of all time, the team of Aimen Memon, Anam Fatima Areesha Saif, Muzammil Kamran and Ummehani Murtaza were among the final four teams in the tournament. In addition to this, Anam Fatima, Areesha Saif, and Muzammil Kamran Sattar (who finished as the 10th Best Speaker of the country) all qualified for the Pakistan National Team selection camp where they will compete for the chance to represent Pakistan at the World Schools Debating Championship.
This is the best performance in the school’s 8 year history of attending the senior nationals and a remarkable achievement in and of itself, but the context in which it was attained makes it even more so. 4 out of the 5 members of this team had never done parliamentary debates before their A Levels (making them the least experienced team in the top 8, let alone the top 4). The last time that Lyceum qualified for the national knockout rounds was in 2013 when they made the octo-finals and this is the first qualification in 6 years of attendance (2018 was not attended), to get to where they did they eliminated well established teams such as LGS 55 Main Campus (former champions and last year’s semi finalists), Beaconhouse Liberty Lahore and former Champions, top ranking team and one of the most formidable teams in the past half decade Beaconhouse Defense Campus Lahore. Having joined Lyceum as coach at the same time as the A2’s in this team, it has been a genuine pleasure to watch them grow at such exponential rates from a point where they were considered the ultimate underdog team which hadn’t even attended the last nationals to being one of the best in the country in just a year and 3 months.
The students showed immense character by not letting difficult circumstances define them, balancing their rigorous academics and defying all expectations, I could not be prouder of each and every one of them. This would have of course, not been possible without the support of our wonderful Patron Mrs Shereen Khan, Mr Shahriar Ahmad, and the incomparable Ms Amal Mujahid who helped the team at every turn, in every way they could.
– Mahad Akbar
Perhaps the main drawback of getting to participate in Nationals from the comfort of your room is missing out on the pleasantly cold Lahori nights, the daily takeout and the memorable getaway with friends. Entering the tournament, feeling a little antagonistic about missing out on a unique experience, we did manage to create matchless memories at Nationals in the forms of hours of procrastination on the Zoom call a night before Nationals, complaining about just how hard A2 life is, when we were supposed to prepare cases for upcoming rounds, hypothetical scenarios of what we would be doing if we were in Lahore, and from beating the best Lahori team, Beaconhouse Defence Campus in the quarter finals, to all of us landing in the top 40, headed to Pakistan International team selection camp, we left our mark at Nationals.
Due to COVID-19, this year at Nationals, the best 24 teams were announced, 8 of whom directly progressed to the Octosfinals, while the next 16 had to compete against each other to reach the Octos. We weren’t even expected to make it into the top 8 but thanks to round 4 where a sociology based topic, “This House believes economic class is more important than other forms of identity”, where all my sociology notes were finally of use, we beat Beaconhouse Liberty Lahore and made it into the 8 best teams, being the first Lyceum team in the last 6 years to break at Nationals.
The credit of all of this goes to one person, the person who coerced us into daily practice sessions before Nationals, gave us detailed post-debate feedback, never complained about repeating himself 20 times for us to understand something, helped us build up our arguments till the very day of the tournament, sent us motivational and strategic voice notes before every match, and most importantly, believed in us throughout: Mahad Akbar, our coach. We didn’t manage to get him the Nationals win, but if it weren’t for him, we would be farther than two debates away from the win.
This one’s for Mahad, and this one’s for the dream team: Anam, being the “best speaker internationally” and the glue holding our team together, Muzzammil, being the “content hog”, forcing the judge to raise our scores with his unparalleled style, Hani, being the “Mom” making sure we had our cases right, Aiman, the “economic advisor”, putting down our case so we could strengthen it, and me with my constant “case batao guys”— this one’s for being so close to a Nationals win and this one’s to the awaiting Pak camp.
– Areesha Saif
The Lyceum’s Model UN Team showed remarkable character and drive in persevering at the Montreal United Nations Conference where they claimed Best Delegation. This team had students working in the wee hours of the night and balancing their tests, whilst also being the most independent bunch of students I have ever worked with as a Coach. Truly a remarkable achievement and a display of teamwork that embodies the Lyceum ethos through and through. Insha’Allah a start to a great year!
– Humza Nadeem Jami
“Dream… your beginnings maybe humble but prosperous will be your future”
The Lyceum Debate Team started off as a dream and today is a name that sends chills every time you hear it. We’re not just a team, we are a legacy and a family.
The start of this year brought an inevitable gloom and the prospect of any online MUNs seemed quite daunting. The Montreal United Nations Conference was no different. Competing against delegates from 45 countries, on an international platform was not an easy task, but the only thing that kept us going was this team. The sense of belonging coupled with endless messages and never-ending zoom calls was what enabled each of us to overcome our personal fears and challenge whoever stood against us.
The rules of procedure were quite different to what we were traditionally used to and adapting to them was not easy at all but all of us had a responsibility. A common responsibility to challenge all odds and perform to the best of our abilities. Despite the odds being stacked against us, the challenges were nothing insurmountable to the dedicated members of the team. It was never about our individual interest but always about the team. Maybe that’s why when “Best Delegation” was announced, all of us were truly euphoric. That night it was not 23 kids from Lyceum that won. It was one team, one body and one soul. The Red Army.
And this is just the beginning.”
– Javeria Ehtesham and Rayyan Ikram
We are incredibly proud of the entire team:
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
United Nations High Commission Refugees (UNHCR)
World Food Programme (WFP)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Hall of Fame link button: https://www.m-unc.org/hall-of-fame
Owais graduated in 2010 and now works as a lawyer. He gained recognition after winning the case for the freedom of Kaavan, an elephant in a zoo in Islamabad.
What was your time at the Lyceum like? What subjects and CCAs did you
take? Did you have any memorable teachers?
Lyceum was a different experience for me especially coming from a boarding school where I used to wake up at 5:30 am, six days a week, so coming to Lyceum was a refreshing experience. It was tough adjusting but then I became part of the cricket team, dramatics society and was also the drummer for the Lyceum school
band. I took Law, Urdu, GP and Psychology (dropped Maths after AS). My favourite teacher was Sir Omar Sial, who taught Law and Ms Ayesha Samad who helped me a lot in Psychology. I was lucky to have Ms Durdana Sial as my counsellor who was extremely supportive and caring.
I also miss Bashir Bhai’s Khousuey.
Have you always wanted to be a lawyer? Or is that something that just
Law is different in theory and in practice. When you enter the profession you learn the tricks of the trade and because I was a part of the dramatics society I was comfortable with public speaking. I was not a very good student but I remember Sir Omar Sial telling me one
day after class that even though I might not be a good student, I would become a
good lawyer. When I entered the profession I was 101% sure. In fact, it was the first time that I took an adjournment that I realised that it was a fun profession.
Have you always been interested and involved in animal rights?
I have always been an animal lover but never imagined myself being involved in animal rights. I have a regular law practice but on a lighter note, after filing Kaavan’s case, I found out that my
birthday is on World Animal Day i.e. 4th October.
American pop singer Cher was campaigning for Kaavan. The world’s attention was on this case. Did you feel the pressure as you were preparing for it?
Definitely, many people were dismissive of my idea of filing a petition on animal rights since they were prioritizing human rights. There was pressure because I asked many other lawyers for
advice and the usual response I would get was: “humans are facing such a hard time so why are you working for animals?”To be honest even I was a little nervous on the first date of hearing. I thought the lawyers in the back of the courtroom would laugh at me because I
was fighting a case for an elephant but now that I’ve won the case they congratulate me.
What was your thought process directly after Kaavan was released?
I was overwhelmed by the support and wishes from so many people around the world. My family was so happy with me; I was really happy and I hope to keep on contributing as a useful member of this society. There’s still a long long way to go because our animal rights laws are redundant. They were made back when Pakistan was a colony and were never revised
afterwards. We don’t have regulatory bodies looking after our animal rights issues. There is no animal police or a society for the prevention of cruelty towards animals.
Kaavan’s case is the first-ever case in the history of Pakistan that has recognised the rights of animals within the constitutional framework.
Source: Lysias Issue | August 2020
The Lyceum Rowing Team participated in the Karachi Boat Club Outdoor Interschool Regatta 2020. The results are as follow:
U21 Girls 4+:
Silver- Hania Imran, Sahar Fatimah Nanjiani, Fizza Moazzam Kazmi, Mariam Kanchwala, Cox: Maryam Meraj
U21 Girls 8+:
Silver: Sahar Fatimah Nanjiani, Hania Imran, Fizza Moazzam Kazmi, Mariam Kanchwala, Maryam Meraj, Alizeh Kazmi, Fatima Puri, Natalia Khan, Cox: Danial Sistanwala
U21 Boys 4x:
Bronze- Danial Sistanwala, Abdullah Ahmed, Huzaifa Bawany, Hassan Africawala
U21 Boys 8+:
Bronze: Abdullah Ahmed, Huzaifa Bawany, Mustaali Aamir Vasi, Malik Abdullah Faisal, Hassan Africawala, GM Afzal, Asil Zulfiqar, Abdul Hyssain, Cox: Maryam Meraj
U21 Girls 1x:
Bronze- Bilqees Baloch
U21 Girls 2-:
Bronze- Natalia Khan, Aaisha Siddiqie
U21 Girls 4x:
Bronze- Alizeh Kazmi, Maryam Meraj, Bilqees Baloch, Fatima Puri
The Karachi United School Championship started out quite smoothly for the Lyceum, contrary to expectations. A dominant performance in all 3 group matches helped the team top the group as intense training followed. A thumping win in the round of 16 eventually set Lyceum up for a hard-fought victory against Bright Success in the quarter. With the team in the semi-final, chances to lift the KUSC trophy, that seemed real bleak at the start of a year, now looked like an actual possibility. A convincing 3-0 win over Agha Khan, the team that beat the current champions Cedar, set the stage for one last showdown against Nixor college. With nerves taking over and the crowds cheering, a thrilling final ensued; an equally matched performance took the match to penalty shoot-outs where Nixor prevailed as Champions. It was an unfortunate, heartbreaking end for the Lyceum team that grabbed the fair-play award in addition to the runners up trophy. Raneem Ul Hoda (C) was declared as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Scinnova III is an inter-school Science Olympiad held at cedar college in which 3 teams of the Lyceum participated this year. It was a 3 day competition consisting of 10 modules.
Lyceum’s team stood as the runner up among 50 teams from all over Karachi. Our Team won two modules that are “illumination (Pure Science Experiments)” and “Redshift (Astrophysics)”.
Winning Team Participants:
- Hammad Atif Irshad
- Mohammad Maaz Owais
- Kabir Kateja
- Hamzah Jehanzeb
- Gaurav Kumar
- Luksh Sahitia
- Marium Muhammad Amin
Congratulations to the Lyceum Debate Team, popularly known as the Red Army, for their excellent performance at LUMUN XVI.
Single Crisis Cabinet:- Jomo Kenyatta’s Revolutionary Council – Saad Naeem Pasha
Best Position Paper
UNEP- Hussain Abbas
SINDH ASSEMBLY – Ammar Qureshi
BALOCHISTAN ASSEMBLY – Huzaifa Moin
KPK ASSEMBLY – Javeria Ethesham
SOCHUM: – Tarfa Siddiqui
PUNJAB ASSEMBLY – Mustafa Khan
DISEC – Aliha Ifthikar and Muzzammil Sattar
ZURICH SUMMIT- Rayyan ikram
On the 28th and 29th of December, the Lyceum Rowing team participated in the Karachi Boat Club Annual Winter Regatta. The lyceum won in the following events.
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Girls fours: (Gold)
Sahar Fatima Nanjiani
Maryam Meraj (Cox)
Girls Pairs: (Silver)
Sahar Fatima Najiani
The Lyceum Rowing Team took part in the Karachi Boat Club Autumn Regatta 2019 on the 23rd and 24th of November. The Lyceum boys crew managed to secure medals in the three final races after winning the qualifying races. The boys one in the following event:
Open men double scull:
Open men quadruple scull:
Open men eights:
Mustaali Aamir Vasi
The Lyceum hosted all the A level colleges that offer rowing as a co-curricular activity at the Lyceum Invitational Regatta. This was the first time that an educational institution hosted a regatta at this scale. The regatta was a two day event in which one day was dedicated to indoor rowing and one day was dedicated to outdoor rowing. Indoor was held on 29th September at The Lyceum and Outdoor was held on 6th October at the Karachi Boat Club.
The participating colleges were:
Karachi Grammar School
The winner of the Lyceum Invitational Regatta was Karachi Grammar School followed by Cedar College as the runner-ups.