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DA(S) June Camp 2016 Registration Opens!

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to open registration for our annual June Training Camps for Primary School students.

This year, we will be collaborating with SIM Discourse (the Debate and Current Affairs Club of the Singapore Institute of Management) and SIM Global Education to offer two concurrent camps:

-       For students who are newly interested in debating, the NEXUS camp provides a fun environment and engaging introduction to the activity;

-       The EXCELSIOR camp targets students who are already familiar with primary school debating, and who seek to build on their foundations.

The camps are open to students from Primary 4 to 6 inclusive. The camps will feature exciting masterclasses by well-known debaters from both the Tertiary debate circuit. In addition, both camps will provide students the opportunity to interact with experienced facilitators in small breakout groups, as well as test out their skills in a mini-tournament using the same format used at the national primary school debate championships – Wits & Words.

Please feel free to contact our Directors of Training, Muhammad Farhansyah ( and Ang Meng Leng ( should you have any queries.

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DA(S)-ITE Debate Championships 2016 Results

Debate Association (Singapore) and ITE College organised the DA(S)-ITE Debate Championships 2016, held on 9 and 10 April 2016. The tournament was hosted by ITE College Central and supported by REACH.

We were happy to have Arthur Lee and Ernest Goh serve as Co-Chief Adjudicators for this tournament. Both of them were part of the WSDC Singapore Team that won the World Schools’ Debating Championships last year.

In our second year, we saw 32 teams from post-secondary institutions (Junior Colleges, ITE Colleges and Polytechnics) compete in preparation for the MOE-ACJC Intercollegiates and Inter-Polytechnic Debate Championships later in the year.

In the tournament, teams grappled with Singapore-centric issues, such as nationalizing public transport, pegging welfare to the attendance of Skillsfuture classes, and implementing a minimum wage in Singapore.

Raffles Institution emerged champions of the Gold Division, while Pioneer Junior College clinched victory in a close-fought battle for the title of champions of the Silver Division.

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Debate Development Initiative Applications Now Open!

We are proud to announce that applications for the upcoming cycle of the Debate Development Initiative (DDI) is open! 

Currently in its fifth cycle, the DDI is a rigorous training programme which provides developmental exposure and competition opportunities to its members; It targets upper secondary school students (as of 2016) with at least moderate debating experience, a humble learning attitude, and a passion for oratory.

Designed to complement the training programmes of various secondary schools, past cycles of the DDI have had much success to date. The DDI will provide students with: 

  • Exposure to advanced content (e.g. international relations, economics) through masterclasses conducted by established local and international debaters;
  • Further development in argumentative and critical thinking skills through adjudicated practice debates during its training sessions;
  • An introduction to debate formats used at more senior levels, such as the British and Asian Parliamentary debate formats, to encourage flexibility in argumentation and style;
  • A sense of community by bringing together like-minded students from secondary schools across the circuit.

Priority will be accorded to students from schools without extensive financial and/or institutional support. Thus, students from schools in Division II and Division III of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDCs) are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 2359hrs Friday, 18 March 2016interviews will be conducted thereafter for shortlisted applicants. 

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DA(S) Runs Adjudicator Refresher Course

On 16 January 2016, Debate Association (Singapore) organised an adjudication refresher course in the World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) format to build up the quality of Singapore's schools judging pool.

The course was conducted by Dr. Vernie Oliveiro, Chief Adjudicator of the 2015 World Schools Debating Championships (the international championship for debating at the school level), and Mr. Lucas Li who currently serves as Co-Chief Adjudicator of the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships. Participants were taken through sample adjudications, discussed rationales for decision making, and heard perspectives from experienced debaters on emerging trends in adjudication around the world.

Debate Association (Singapore) is very thankful to the Singapore Management University Debate Society for supporting and hosting us in this initiative.

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Annual Secondary School Camp 2015

Debate Association (Singapore) held its annual Debate Camp for secondary school students at Anglican High School between 25 and 27 November 2015. The camp had participants from 33 different educational institutions and covered a range of topics from the structure of argumentation to the fundamentals of good style and improvisation. We also had the privilege of having Ms Vihasini, Mr Lee Chin Wee, Ms Nar Sher May and Mr Reuben Lopez serving as guest lecturers at the camp. The camp eventually culminated in an exhibition debate where the facilitators showed the fun side of debate by discussing the nature of love and whether that nature would be substantially changed by the use of a love potion. 
The photos taken at the camp will be uploaded onto our Facebook page ( soon. For those who were unable to join us this year, we look forward to seeing you next year!

2016 Division III Debating Championships Registration Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce that we will be organising the Division III Debating Championships in partnership with the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Held at the beginning of each year, the D3DCs provides Division III teams with the opportunity to meet and compete against each other prior to the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships. This offers young teams exposure and allows them to gain valuable experience in competitive debate.

The National Council on Problem Gambling will be fully subsidising teams, and registration is free-of-charge with lunch provided for all teams this year!

Date: 9 January 2016

Time: 830am - 5pm

Venue: School of the Arts

Open to all Division III teams in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2016.


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