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Debate Development Initiative (DDI)’s Inaugural Batch Graduates!

Last month marked a very important milestone for the Debate Association (Singapore): the graduation of the inaugural batch of the DDI!

Focused on providing developmental exposure to young debaters from schools without huge financial and alumni support, it was our privilege to work with 17 students from different schools all over Singapore. Here’s what we did with them over the past 9 months:

DDI – Cycle 1 Consolidated Update


MGS Youth Under-14s Debate Challenge Shield 2013 | Call for Adjudicators

Here’s a message from the organizers of the MGS Youth Under-14s Debate Challenge Shield 2013:

The Methodist Girls’ School Debate Society is pleased to invite you to participate as an adjudicator in the MGS Youth Under-14s Debate Challenge Shield 2013. The MGS Youth Under-14s Debate Challenge Shield is an annual debate tournament organised for Secondary 1 and 2 debaters that seeks to provide them with the opportunity to debate thought-provoking motions, hone their debating skills and even meet new peers.

The tournament will take place on the 29th of June and the 6th of July (Saturdays). The schedule for both days of the competition has also been attached with this email for your reference. Food will be provided on both days for all invited judges. Judges will be thanked with a token of appreciation.

Interested judges can contact Rachel, at or at the number 91138557, and include a brief paragraph with your coaching and judging experience.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Yours sincerely,
Rachel Ang
Head of the organising committee
Debate Society, Methodist Girls’ School


Raffles Debate Academy Under-14 Debate Championships 2013 – RESULTS

On the 25th of May and 1st of June 2013, the Raffles Debate Academy organised its annual Under-14 Debating Championships. Now in its tenth year, the annual tournament provides a rigorous competitive platform for debaters aged Secondary 2 and below to hone their oratory and intellect.

United World College of South East Asia beat Hwa Chong Institution and emerged as champions of the competition.


Click on "Continue Reading" for more results of the RDA U-14 Debating Championships 2013.


Results of Wits and Words 2013

The Grand Final and 3rd & 4th placing debates was held at the MOE Edutorium on 1 June 2013.

Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) beat Rosyth School and won the Grand Final of Wits & Words and Tao Nan School beat Poi Ching School in the 3rd & 4th Placing debate.

Click on "Continue Reading" for more results of Wits & Words 2013.


Sec 3 Inter-School Debate Fest

On the 28th of May 2013, Seng Kang Secondary School, Punggol Secondary School and Nan Chiau High School jointly conducted the Debate Festival 2013, a round robin debate competition. Each school participated in two hotly-contested debate rounds on pressing issues of the day, such as global warming and public healthcare.

Debate Association (Singapore)’s Debate Development Initiative* was happy to support the event by staging an exhibition debate and adjudicating the debate rounds.

Congratulations to Nan Chiau High School for emerging Overall Champions of the Debate Festival 2013! Best speakers from each school contingent were also named.

* The Debate Development Initiative is an excellence programme by Debate Association (Singapore). It seeks to provide developmental exposure to promising young debaters from schools without access to extensive debate resources.


Debate Association (Singapore) Annual General Meeting 2013

Debate Association (Singapore) will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, 7 July 2013, 2.30-4.30pm. All registered members of DA(S) are invited.

The AGM will vote on the candidates to replace the retiring executive committee members, and discuss our plans for the coming year.

The positions which will be up for election at the AGM are:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director (Adjudication Management)
  • Director (Outreach)
  • Director (Competitions)
  • Director (Training)

Ordinary members who wish to run for the available positions must formally indicate interest to the Secretary ( at least 1 week before the AGM (i.e. nominations will close 1 week before the AGM).

All DA(S) members are invited to attend the AGM. However, only adult members (over 18) will be able to vote and run for elections. Please note that DA(S) will temporarily cease processing new member applications from 26 May 2013 to 8 July 2013. Any applicants who apply within this window will only have their memberships approved after the AGM.

The details of the AGM are as follows:

Date: Sunday, 7 July 2013
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: Thomson Community Club, Multi-Purpose Room 2

Please send an email to with your full name and NRIC number if you would like to attend the AGM. Due to space restrictions at the meeting venue, we would appreciate if you could inform us by 30 June 2013 if you will be attending this AGM, so that we can plan accordingly.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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