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Wits & Words Quarter-finals

We are pleased to announce the schools that have qualified for the W&W quarter-finals:

1. Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
2. Clementi Primary School
3. Concord Primary School
4. Greenridge Primary School
5. Park View Primary School
6. Rosyth School
7. St. Joseph's Institution Junior
8. Tao Nan School

(Schools are listed in no order of merit)

The quarter-finals will be held on 20 April, from 2- 4.30pm, at MOE, Teachers Network, 51 Grange Road. If you would like to adjudicate for the round, drop us an email at emmanuel@debates.org.sg.

Wits & Words 2011 is a national primary school debate competition co-organized by the Debate Association (Singapore) and the Ministry of Education (Gifted Education Branch).

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ValidITE Business Debates 2011

Dear teachers/fellow debaters,

The Debate Association (Singapore) is co-organising the inaugural ValidITE Business Debate 2011-Post Secondary Competition with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The first JC-Poly-ITE debating competition in Singapore, it follows the internationally-used Asians Parliamentary Debating format at the tertiary level.

ITE is inviting a team from each Junior College/ Polytechnic that fulfils the following requirements.

  • All participants from Junior Colleges must be year 1 Junior college students on 1st March 2011
  • All participants from Polytechnics must be year 1 polytechnic students on 1st March 2011
  • All participants from Institute of Technical Education must be either year 1 or year 2 students on 1st March 2011

To sweeten the deal, ITE is awarding a cash prize to the top three teams:
1st Prize: $10002nd Prize: $5003rd Prize: $300
The competition will be adjudicated by competent adjudicators who are familiar with the Asians Parliamentary format. To ensure a high quality of adjudication, we have Miss Andrea Soriano as the Chief Adjudicator. Miss Soriano is one of Singapore's most competent judges, having broken at the Worlds Universities Debating Championships 2010 at Koc Worlds and has been a Chief Adjudicator and Deputy Chief Adjudicator at various tournaments such as the United Asians Debating Championship 2010 in Bangkok, the NTU Dorothy Cheongs Debating Championship 2010, Asians British Parliamentary 2010 and SMU-SCWO 2011 to name a few. She has also adjudicated at countless number of grand finals competition at the local and international debating tournaments.

The dates of the competition are as follows:

Date Time Detail
9th April 2011(Saturday) 10.30am and 12.30pm Round 1 and Round 2
15th April 2011(Friday) 4.30pm Round 3
19th April 2011(Tuesday) 4.30pm Semi-final
21st April 2011(Thursday) 4.30pm Final

The rules and registration form can be downloaded from here:

ValidITE_Rules

ValidITE_Registration form

To register, please fill in the form attached and email it to Saravanarajah_Logarajah@ite.edu.sg . The deadline for registration is April 5th 2011 at 5pm.

We hope to see you there!

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NUS Debate Development Series June 2011

The NUS Debate Team invites you to the June 2011 Debate Development Series open to all secondary schools, polytechnics and junior colleges. The programme will be conducted by a team of well-established NUS debaters headed by Robin Teo and Imran Rahim.

The NUS Debates Team has excelled in many local, regional and international tournaments, notably in the United Asian Debating Championships, Asian Universities Debating Championships, Asian British Parliamentary 2010, World Universities Peace Invitational Debate 2010, Human Rights Bar Council 2010 and World Universities Debating Championship 2011.

They are also well known in the local debating circuit, as mainstay adjudicators and coaches in the local debating circuit. Thus having undergone our programme, participants will better understand adjudicators

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Wits & Words 2011 Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

A total of 66 primary school teams participated this year at preliminary rounds 1 & 2, which was held at Raffles Girl's Secondary School on 18 March. Preliminary round 3 will be held on 9 April. Do drop us an email at samuel@debates.org.sg if you are free to volunteer as an adjudicator!

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Wits & Words 2011 Preliminary Rounds 1 & 2

A total of 66 primary school teams participated this year at preliminary rounds 1 & 2, which was held at Raffles Girl's Secondary School on 18 March. Preliminary round 3 will be held on 9 April. Do drop us an email at samuel@debates.org.sg if you are free to volunteer as an adjudicator!

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SMU Asians Parliamentary Debates 2011

The following announcement is posted on behalf of the SMU Debating Society:

SMU Debating Society is organising its largest and toughest Asians
Parliamentary debating tournament ever again this year! We've opened
up the competition to 64 teams and would warmly welcome to you
participate in Singapore's toughest Asians Parliamentary
debate of the year.

We're open for registration till the 17th of March 2359 hours, and
payments will be opened from the next day onwards up till 25th March
2359 hours.

The tournament is an opens, and teams are free to form composite
teams. The N=1 rule for adjudicators apply, even to schools or
individuals that are sending one team.

We have an extremely good line-up for our adjudication core this year.
We have Mr Shrawan Saraogi as our Chief Adjudicator, who has judged at
various competitions including the 2008 Asians Universities Debating
Championship grand finals and was the Chief
Adjudicator for SMU BP-IV 2008 and SMU Hammers 2010. As a debater, he
won the Singapore Debate Open in 2008, and broke at Oxford IV's in
2009.

We also have a very solid Deputy Chief Adjudicator pool. We have Mr
Aji Abu, a veteran debater in the local and regional university
debating circuit, who has broken and made to many debating finals over
a decade. We also have Ms Angelica Mangahas from
the Philippines. Ms Mangahas was the semi-finalist for last year's
Bangkok United Asians Debating Championship 2010, and will be this
year's Macau UADC 2011 Chief Adjudicator. She was also the only Asian
team to break at KOC Worlds in 2009. Ms Mangahas hailed
from Ateneo De Manila University, the only university in Asia to be
in the top 10 best debating institutions on the Worlds' rankings.

Here are the details in a nutshell:

Date: 6-8th May 2011
Location: SMU Ngee Ann Kongsi
Format: Asians Parliamentary, 7 minutes speeches with POIs, 4 minutes
reply. 30 minutes preparation time.
Tournament Cap: 64 teams (composite teams welcome), N=1 rule for
adjudicators. Maximum institution cap of 4 teams.
Registration fees: SGD$ 30/person, SGD$40 after 17th March 2359

Registration Link:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGR3ck43QWUyNWhsUGJ1NW1nYUc2WVE6MQ

We look forward to your participation! Do email us at smuds@smu.edu.sg
for any enquiries.

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