TEDxJohnLyonSchool presents our Earth to a global TED audience

TEDxJohnLyonSchool has seen pupils, teachers and subject experts explore our Earth, its place in the universe, its beauty and power, the landscapes and environments that shape our daily lives, and solutions to some of the problems facing humanity.

All the TEDxJohnLyonSchool speakers after the event
All the TEDxJohnLyonSchool speakers after the event

30th October 2019 — Held at John Lyon on Thursday 17th October, 13 speakers including a 12-year-old-pupil, an expert on the Big Bang and a mountaineer who has stood on top of the world, talked with passion and positivity about how we can affect change to help the future of the Earth as well as to help us, the people who are lucky enough to call this Earth our home.

Seven John Lyon pupils, Jai Davison, Varun Valentine, Tanvir Handa, Dhiren Mahajan, Husain Abedi, Rishi Luthra and Ashil Shah, were joined by three teachers, Maria Trafford, Joshua Carr and Morgan White, and three other experts, astronomer Chris Crowe, mountaineer Matt Dickinson and interfaith and communications professional Zaki Cooper.

Subjects covered under the central theme of Earth were varied: from extraterrestrials to bees, and from alchemy to faith, all delivered from memory without any use of notes.


TEDx is an offshoot of the world-famous TED, created to be a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together in the spirit of ‘ideas worth spreading’ to share a TED-like experience. TEDxJohnLyonSchool was organised by the John Lyon Excellence Programme, which provides an opportunity for all boys, no matter their academic ability or age, to maximise their potential to learn and to discover their passion.

TEDx events, including TEDxJohnLyonSchool are held in front of a live audience, but also filmed and then hosted on the TED website and watched by many thousands of people across the globe.

Having prepared their talks for many weeks, learning their scripts from memory, the TEDxJohnLyonSchool speakers were thrilled at having taken part in such a high-profile and prestigious event.

Tanvir Handa, whose talk looked at our use of technology: “TEDxJohnLyonSchool was truly a remarkable experience for me, as well as a nervous time in the build-up. This was a very proud moment for me and I hope everyone watching the talks enjoy them and gets motivated to help our planet in some way.”

Rishi Luthra, whose talk focused on how future populations could be housed underwater: “Taking Part in a TEDx event was not only an enjoyable experience but a chance to share my interest in property development. Looking to the future and how we live like is very important and producing ideas early, such as underwater civilisations, makes us appreciate what we might face.

Maria Trafford, whose talk looked at how we always focus on human concerns: “The challenge of learning public speaking as a new skill and being in awe of John Lyon boys who seemed so confident and resilient at such a young age will be the memories I take away from TEDx.”

Zaki Cooper, whose talk focused on his inter-faith work: “I was delighted to participate in TEDx John Lyon and speak on “one earth, many religions.” People sometimes ask me why I spend so much time on inter-faith work and the talk is my answer. I hope people watching it will gain a fresh understanding of why inter-faith is important. If it encourages one person to change the way they behave and interact in the future, it will have been worth it.”

About The John Lyon School

John Lyon is a leading independent boys’ day school, based in the picturesque Harrow-on-the-Hill in north west London.

Our academic curriculum is rightly at the heart of every working day – it forms the very core of all we seek to achieve as a leading place of learning. English, Mathematics, the Sciences, Humanities, Creative Arts, Languages and Digital disciplines form a curriculum designed to educate and inspire, giving both knowledge and a desire to want to know more.

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