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Primary School Debate Open 2018

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to be organising another edition of the annual Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) in July-August this year!

PSDO is an important platform for Primary 4 to 6 students to hone their critical thinking skills while debating against their peers from other schools. PSDO serves as a crucial opportunity for schools to prepare their teams for the Primary Schools National Debate Championships, otherwise known as Wits & Words, in the upcoming season.

At PSDO this year, teams can look forward to challenging new elements such as impromptu or short-preparation debates where teams will prepare independently without further assistance from their teachers or coaches. Normally reserved for higher levels of debating, this exciting format at the Primary School level seeks to expose budding debaters to more challenging scenarios where they can further develop the ability to think on their feet and work as a team under pressure.

The respective Debate Teachers-in-Charge have been emailed with the registration details and more information. If you are an official Debate Teacher-in-Charge for your primary school and have yet to receive it, kindly contact our Tournament Director Thirrisha ( Please feel free to direct any further questions to her as well.

We look forward to seeing you at PSDO 2018!


Registration for June Training Camp (Pri Sch) is Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is happy to announce the opening of registration for the Debate Association (Singapore) June Training Camp!

DA(S) warmly welcomes primary school debaters to its annual debate camp held during the June holidays. The camp is open to all regardless of debate experience.

The Camp will feature engaging lectures on argumentation skills by seasoned local debaters, as well as small-group breakout sessions with experienced facilitators. Over the three days, students will have access to practical, easy-to-grasp key debating ideas, as well as opportunities to put these ideas to practice. By the end of the camp, students should come away with a greater understanding of debate, confidence in expression, and a structured approach to critical thinking and questioning.

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Results of DADC 2018

The Debate Association Debating Championships (formerly known as Speak! Ventures Debating Championships) is an annual tournament organised by DA(S) that serves as a crucial preparatory tournament for teams competing in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships.
This warm-up tournament gives teams from all 3 divisions a chance to sharpen their skills and put what they've learnt to the test so that they can give their best at the Nationals, which normally runs from February to late April every year.
This year, DA(S) was honoured to have the National Coach of our very own Team Singapore, Mrs Geetha Creffield, serve as Chief Adjudicator of the competition to provide expertise in setting quality debate motions and judge debates. The tournament was held on 27th and 28th January at our venue partner for the second year running, Tanglin Trust School.
We hope that all debaters had a wonderful time, and we are grateful to all of our partners and their staff as well as the support of the debate community including teachers, coaches, judges, and all volunteers.
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Secondary School Training Camp 2017 - Register Now!

Debate Association (Singapore) is excited to announce the opening of registration for the Secondary School Training Camp on 20-22 November 2017

DA(S) warmly welcomes debaters to its annual debate camp for secondary school students held during the November holidays. The camp has traditionally been targeted at beginners at the secondary school level, but this year will feature a radical new change to also cater to more experienced debaters and repeat participants.

Whether it is to gear up for the Singapore Secondary School Debating Championships in 2018, or just to learn the basics of debating, every student will leave the camp far more adept in the art of persuasion.

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Debate Association (Singapore) Executive Committee 2017

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting on 30 July 2017 and an Emergency General Meeting on 27 August 2017, where a new executive committee was elected into office. The new DA(S) Executive Committee for 2017-2019 is as follows:
President: Cherylyn Wee
Vice President: Benjamin Leong
Secretary: Annabel Tan
Treasurer: Ali Ahmad Yaakub
Director (Competitions and Training): Reuben Lopez
Director (Competitions and Training): Nabilah Bahrim
Assistant Director (Competitions and Training): Daniel Lo
Junior Director (Competitions and Training): Thirrisha Murugan
The following were also appointed by the Executive Committee:
Director (Adjudicator Management): Arthur Lee
Director (Debate Development Initiative) and Head Coach: Lee En Ting
Director (Debate Development Initiative) and Head Coach: Shawn Teo
Director (Debate Development Initiative): Chey Yew Hwei
We are excited to revamp and refine our programmes and events to better serve our community.
If you have feedback  or suggestions for how we can do things better or you would just like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you - please email to get in touch with us.

Team Singapore - The 2017 World Champions!

Team Singapore

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce that Team Singapore has emerged victorious in the recent World Schools Debating Championship 2017 and are now the reigning World Champions!

Congratulations to Team Singapore Coach Mrs Geetha Creffield and the debaters Au Wei Hoe (Captain), Ryan Wee, Siobhan Tan, Jonathan Yap, Wei Shu Yang, and Lee Jit Ping (alternate). They were also accompanied by Ms Evelyn Woels from the Ministry of Education (Singapore).

The World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC) is an annual international tournament where the best high school debaters from each country are selected to represent their nation and battle it out in up to 13 debates held over an intense two-week period.

This year, 50 countries took part in the 29th edition of the WSDC held in Bali, Indonesia from the 1st to 11th August.

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