Wits & Words 2011 Workshops

The Debate Association (Singapore) conducted the Wits & Words 2011 adjudication workshop and teachers briefing at Hwa Chong institution this weekend. Over 80 students and 60 teachers from secondary and primary schools all across Singapore attended the workshops, in preparation for the upcoming tournament.

Wits & Words 2011 is a national primary school debate competition co-organized by the Debate Association (Singapore), the Ministry of Education (Gifted Education Branch) and Hwa Chong Institution. The competition this year will witness over 60 teams debating each other on topics ranging from removing Physical Education in schools, to whether or not fairy tales do more harm than good.

The preliminary rounds will be held on March 18 and April 9, the quarter-finals on 20 April, semi-finals on 25 May and Grand Final on 1 June 2011. Given the success of last years feat, we do hope that you can be part of this years tournament again! Do join us either as an adjudicator, or even just as a spectator.[gallery link="file"]


Coaches for Division II and III Schools

The Raffles Debate Academy (RDA) would like to offer their assistance to help coach secondary school teams for the upcoming Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Competition (SSSDC) as part of the RDA's efforts to encourage debating in schools.

The Raffles Debate Academy has 4 groups of Year 6 debaters comprising 2-3 members with an experienced debater anchoring each group. They are looking to team up with 3 or 4 schools and the RI debaters can probably coach them for 3 or 4 sessions before the preliminary rounds. If there are interested schools, the RI students would be more than willing to contact the teachers in-charge directly and make the necessary arrangements.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, please contact Umarani at


Singapore Red Cross- University Michigan Alumni (Singapore) International Humanitarian Law Debate Series 2011

The Debate Association (Singapore), Singapore Red Cross (SRC) and University of Michigan Alumni (Singapore) will be organizing the International Humanitarian Law Debate Series 2011 on Saturday 29 Jan and Saturday 26 Feb for junior colleges, polytechnics and equivalent educational institutions. The tournament will be held at Anglo-Chinese Junior College. There are three debates on 29 Jan at 1045hrs, 1315hrs and 1615hrs and there are two debates on 26 Feb at 1030hrs and 1400hrs. If you are interested in judging at this tournament please send an email to with your name, contact number and indicate which days and which rounds you will be free to judge.


Adjudicator Training Workshop

This workshop is organised by the Julia Gabriel Center for Learning in preparation for the upcoming Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship 2011. Debaters who are currently in their second year of junior college or above and are interested to adjudicate at this tournament should sign up for this workshop. This workshop is also open to debaters who have adjudicated in previous years of this tournament and would like to have a "refresher". The workshop will be held on 21 January (5pm to 8pm) and 28 January (6pm to 8pm) at Anglo Chinese Junior College. Interested applicants should send your personal particulars together with relevant debating experience to

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