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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.


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 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 Thank you.



Debate Association (Singapore)


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


DDI - Cycle 1 Update 2

DDI - FAQ for Teachers


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"]


TJC U16 Debate Invitational 2013: Break Round Results

The break rounds of the TJC U16 Debate Invitational were held on 18 January 2013.

Here are the results:


SEMIFINALS: This House would nationalise all public transport.

Prop: Catholic High School vs. Opp: Nanyang Girls' High School

Winner: Nanyang Girls' High School (Opp)

Prop: Raffles Institution vs. Opp: Hwa Chong Institution

Winner: Raffles Institution (Prop)


FINALS: This House would implement a minimum wage in Singapore.

Prop: Nanyang Girls' High School vs. Opp: Raffles Institution

Winner: Raffles Institution (Opp)

Best Speaker:3rd Opp, Ernest Goh


Top Five Speakers of the Tournament:

5) Nanyang Girls' High School: Lee Jing Ning
4) Methodist Girls' School: Tan Jing Min
3) Raffles Institution: Chong Ee Hsiun
2) Methodist Girls' School: Natalie Yeo
1) Raffles Institution: Ernest Goh


TJC U16 Debate Invitational 2013: Preliminary Round Results

The preliminary rounds of the TJC U16 Debate Invitational were held on 12 January 2013. Congratulations to the following breaking teams:

Raffles Institution
Hwa Chong Institution
Nanyang Girls' High School
Catholic High School

The breaking teams will meet again for the break rounds on 18 January 2013.

For details on motions, match ups and specific results from each round,
please download the following document: TJC U16s Results.


Wits & Words 2013: Call for Adjudicators

The annual Wits & Words debate competition will be taking place again soon! Wits and Words is a national primary school debate competition, jointly organized by Gifted Education Branch (Ministry of Education), Debate Association (Singapore) and Raffles Girls' School. The format used is a simplified version of the SSDC's format.

Here are the tentative dates for the competition:
Rounds 1 & 2: 22 March 2013
Round 3: 6 April 2013
QF: 19 April 2012 (Fri)
SF: 3 May 2013 (Fri)
Finals & 3rd/4th Placing: 1 June 2012 (Sat) OR 3 Jun 2013 (Mon)

The earlier rounds will be held at Raffles Girls' School while the venue for the subsequent rounds will be confirmed at a later date.

CIP hours will be given out to student adjudicators and remuneration, in the form of vouchers, will be offerred for later rounds.

If you would be keen to adjudicate on any of these days, contact us at , or do drop by as a spectator!

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