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Youth Debate Open 2014 - Registration Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to be organising the Youth Debate Open 2014 in collaboration with the Jelutung Youth Executive Committee and River Valley High School. We are happy to announce that team registration is now open!

Here is some key information: 

- Dates: 28 June and 5 July 2014

Registration Fee: This tournament is free of charge.

- Motion Release Date: 21 June 2014

Venue: River Valley High School (6 Boon Lay Ave, S649961)

- Registration Deadline: 16 June 2014 or when we reach the Team Cap of 24. 

Please register at the following URL: you require the Tournament Handbook which includes important information on team eligibility, the invitation letter, and the schedule, please email

For enquiries, you can email or find us on Facebook at to see you there!


Registration for June Camp and Teacher's Workshop Now Open!

Debate Association (Singapore) is proud to announce the details of this year’s June Camp for primary school students!

Our June camps are targeted at Primary 4-6 students (aged 10-12), and are divided into 2 camps for beginners and more seasoned debaters respectively:

Camp Ignis (Beginner Camp)

Camp Ignis is an entry level camp targeted at beginners. The camp will cover the basics of debate, including how to set a debate case and formulate new arguments, with ample opportunities to put their newfound skills to work.

Camp Excelsior (Intermediate Camp)

Camp Excelsior is an intermediate camp targeted at more seasoned debaters with relevant competitive experience (at least 2 rounds of debating experience at Wits & Words / Primary School Debate Open). The camp will cover more advanced content, such as how to deal with different motion types and how to craft more sophisticated arguments.

Both camps are an excellent way for students to meet and interact with like-minded peers, while acquiring new skills / honing their existing capabilities.

Teacher’s Workshop

This year we will also be conducting a 2.5 hour workshop titled "Introduction to Debate for Teachers". The workshop will be held in conjunction with Camp Ignis for beginners, and will focus on (i) the basics of debating; (ii) how to guide debaters in preparing / training for debates; and (iii) how judges evaluate teams during a debate.

Registration for both camps and workshops will close on 2nd June. Should you have any queries, do contact or

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Extension of Deadline for SG Debate Essay Competition 2014

A message from Team Singapore Debate Alumni.  

The Team Singapore Debate Alumni and West Zone Centre of Excellence for Language Arts is holding an essay competition for all interested debaters to discuss and examine the purpose and function of debate in our society today. There are attractive prizes for the top six winners! The deadline for submission has been extended to 30th June 2014 to allow students currently sitting for their mid-year exams to participate. 
Head over to the SG Debate Essay Competition Facebook page for more information on how you can take part :
Note: Debate Association (Singapore) is not officially nor directly involved in the organisation, or execution of this event.

Results for Division Finals of the Singapore Secondary School Debating Championships 2014

The Division Finals for the Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2014 have concluded and the results are available below.

We would like to thank all schools and participants for making this year's SSDCs a success. Special thanks goes out to adjudicators, teachers and student volunteers of host schools for giving of their time and effort to ensure a smooth competition experience for all. 

Congratulations to this year's champion teams from Catholic High School (Division I), Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) (Division II) and Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) (Division III)!

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Primary School Debate Open 2014

Debate Association (Singapore) is pleased to announce that we will be conducting the Primary School Debate Open (PSDO) again in Jul 2014!

 In collaboration with Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), this year’s PSDO aims to focus heavily on training students in the art of debate. To do this, PSDO will feature: 

  • A show debate by skilled Secondary school debaters will be conducted to showcase what high-level debating is to Primary school students; 
  • Additional time catered for individual feedback by experienced judges; 
  • A new way of pairing schools together to maximise the learning value of each round. Schools will be divided into two divisions based on their performance at Wits and Words 2014: The upper 50% (Division 1), and lower 50% (Division 2) of teams. Schools will compete against each other within each division, and the top 4 teams of each division will advance to their respective Semi-Finals and Grand Finals. 

With these changes, PSDO will expose participants to high-level debating, whilst ensuring that each round is a meaningful learning opportunity for students. As there will be 2 separate Semi-Finals and Grand Finals, the talents of more students will also be recognised. 

For more details on the two divisions, please download “FAQ on PSDO Divisions” here: PSDO 2014 FAQ. 

Please also click on “Continue Reading” for more details on the tournament and registration.  


Inaugural December Debate Championship 2014

Debate Association (Singapore) is happy to announce that we will be organising a British Parliamentary tournament for Secondary school students in December!

In the spirit of the school holidays, no uniforms will be allowed. Students may also either register together with their follow school mates, or team up with friends from other schools to form a ‘mixed-institution’ team. Finally, motions will be unique, innovative and challenging.

The inaugural tournament will be sponsored by the Singapore National Co-Operative Federation. Other key information are as follows:

  • Dates: 13 December and 14 December 2014
  • Format:  British Parliamentary Format
  • Venue: To be Announced

Do mark the dates in your calendars and look out for more information as the date draws nearer!

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