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Wits & Words Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2 of Wits & Words 2013 was held at Raffles Girl's School on 22 March 2013.

This year, 61 debate teams from primary schools all across the island debated the following motions:

This house will scrap the compulsory CCA system
This house believes that E-learning is the way to go

 

A big thank you to all the adjudicators and volunteers who tirelessly helped out for the entire day!

Here are some pictures from the rounds:

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Preliminary Round 3 will be held on 6 April 2013 at RGS. Do drop an email to walter@debates.org.sg if you would be free to adjudicate the round.

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Wits & Words 2013

This year, we have 60 primary schools facing off, vying to be champions of Wits & Words 2013! They will meet at the first two preliminary rounds which will be held on 22 March 2013 at Raffles Girls

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Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships Results for Preliminary Round 2

Preliminary Round 2 of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) was held last Friday, 8 March, at St. Andrew's Secondary School.

 

Teams debated the following motions:

THW prevent the media from reporting on the private lives of politicians

THBT governments should pay house wives and house husbands for their work

THBT university students should be required to work in their country of origin for a number of years after graduation

 

Here are the winning teams and best speakers for all three divisions:

Preliminary Round 2

 

The Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) is a national secondary school debate competition, co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and Julia Gabriel Center.

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Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships Results for Preliminary Round 1

Preliminary Round 1 of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) was held last Friday, 22 February, at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road).

 

Teams debated the following motions:

THW ban beauty pageants

THW ban gambling on sports events

THW force political parties to field more women candidates in national elections.

 

Here are the winning teams and best speakers for all three divisions:

SSDC 2013 - Results R1

 

The Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) is a national secondary school debate competition, co-organised by Debate Association (Singapore) and Julia Gabriel Center.

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The Debate Development Initiative for Secondary School Debaters

Dear Teachers and Coaches,

Re: Opening of Applications for Debate Development Initiative Cycle 2 (2013-2014)

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce that registration for the 2nd cycle of the Debate Development Initiative (DDI) is now open. The DDI is an annual debate training programme targeted at upper secondary school students from schools which do not have extensive debate resources / strong alumni support.

Promising debaters can look forward to:

- Exposure to advanced debate content (e.g. international relations, morality and ethics) taught by established local and international debaters;
- Weekly training debates in the WSDC format to develop their argumentative skills;
- Exposure to alternative international debate formats used at more senior levels, such as the British Parliamentary debate format, to encourage flexibility in style;
- Opportunity to befriend like-minded students across the secondary school circuit.

[Note: The DDI is designed to be complementary to a secondary school training programmes, and should not be seen as a replacement training programme.]

Cycle 1 of the DDI has enjoyed much success to date, with members taking part in several different competitions and community involvement projects. Thus far, the DDI has clinched three championship wins and reached the Quarterfinals of the International Public Policy Forum. Please see Annex A for more information on the DDI.

Interested students may apply for the DDI online at http://www.tinyurl.com/DDIApplication2013. The deadline for applications is 3 May 2013. We will only be accepting 13-17 participants. Division II and III schools are strongly encouraged to apply. [Note: As we usually receive more applications than available places and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis, early applications are highly encouraged.]

The registration fee is S$125/- per participant[*]. No applicant will be denied opportunities on the basis of financial hardship, so do contact Debate Association (Singapore) if you have extenuating financial considerations.

Also, please find attached the DDI FAQ for teachers as well as an update on the achievements from DDI Cycle 1.

For further enquiries, do contact Director (DDI) Lucas Li at lucas@debates.org.sg. Thank you.

 

Regards,

Debate Association (Singapore)

 


[*] This covers the training materials and administrative costs of running the DDI.

 

DDI - Cycle 1 Update 2

DDI - FAQ for Teachers

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DA(S) at the World Schools Debating Championships 2013

The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2013 was held from 27 January to 5 February. Celebrating 25 wonderful years since its inception in 1988, this year's tournament was held in beautiful Antalya, Turkey.

As part of the Singapore contingent, Director (Competitions) of Debate Association (Singapore), Cherylyn Wee, and DA(S) member, Adrian Tan, served as judges at WSDC. We are glad to announce that Team Singapore, who won 7 out of 8 Preliminary Rounds, ranked 3rd in the world. They then went on to win their Octo-Finals match against Team Slovenia in a unanimous decision by the judges, and emerged victorious in the Quarter-Finals against Team England with a 5-2 split. In the Semi-Finals, we saw the boys from Team Singapore fight their hardest in what was an extremely exciting match, losing narrowly to Team Swaziland by a 4-3 split. Darion Hotan of Team Singapore also did us proud by ranking as the 4th Best Speaker of the tournament.

Overall, it was an enriching experience where Cherylyn and Adrian were able to meet and interact with some of the brightest young minds from all over the world. Debate Association (Singapore) will be looking forward to 2015 where Singapore will be hosting the World Schools Debating Championships for the second time since 2002.[gallery columns="5" ids="2110,2111,2112,2113,2114,2115,2116,2117,2118,2119,2120,2121,2122"]

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