Bahrain World Scholar’s Cup Competition


The fourth annual Bahrain World Scholar’s Cup Competition takes place on Friday & Saturday 3-4 February 2017 at St Christopher’s School.

Teams of three students compete in fun, challenging and competitive activities. Students will undertake debating, collaborative writing and answering quiz style questions. Each annual competition has a theme – this year’s is called ‘An Unlikely World’ and involves six interrelated subjects – Art & Music, Literature, History, Science, Social Studies and a Special Topic. There are two age ranges for the competition, 14 and below (as of 1 July 2017) and 15+. The competition is open to all students in Bahrain, and it is anticipated that there will be some entries from schools in nearby GCC states too.

Students who wish to enter the competition should form a team of three and submit the registration form through their school. St Christopher’s School in Isa Town is the host for the competition, which is being arranged by Assistant Head, Adrian Walker. Daniel Berdichevsky, founder of the international World Scholar’s Cup Competition, as well as other members of his team, will be flying in to Bahrain to lead, compere and judge the competition.

The Manama competition is one of many regional World Scholar’s Cup events around the world. Teams who perform particularly well are then given invitations to either of the World Scholar’s Cup Global Competitions, which will be held in Hanoi and Capetown in summer 2017. It is anticipated that there will be a strong delegation from Bahrain at these international events. Approximately 40,000 students take part in the World Scholar’s Cup programme each year internationally and the ‘Tournament of Champions’ is the finale.

The World Scholar’s Cup ‘Tournament of Champions 2016’ took place at Yale University in the USA in November, with students from St Christopher’s School winning some of the major prizes. The St Christopher’s team of Noor Halim, Joseph Anhorn and Laura Beck were the top performers from around the Gulf, winning two of the 4 competition elements in the Junior Division of the programme, despite strong competition from students from over 40 countries. They were classified as the top team in Debating and Writing. Noor was also the winner of the Writing and Joseph was second place in Debating individually. They were competing against 700 other students who had travelled to Yale University after securing their places at the previous global rounds. They were also classified as the second best team overall in the competition. All 26 of the St Christopher’s School students competing at the ‘Tournament of Champions’ came home with at least one medal, just recognition of all of their efforts in learning the six subjects.