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DA(S) ExCo 2019-2021

Debate Association (Singapore) held its Annual General Meeting on 27 July 2019, where several new executive committee members were elected into office. Additionally, 2 Directors were appointed too. The updated DA(S) Executive Committee for 2019-2021 is as follows:
President: Joel Law
Vice President: David Boo Koh
Secretary: Cavan Tay
Treasurer: Nathalie Quah
Director (Competitions and Training): Ryan Lim
Director (Competitions and Training): Deon Kiew
The following were also appointed by the Executive Committee:
Director (Special Projects): Cherylyn Wee
Director (Equity): Vihasini Gopakumar
Director (Adjudication Management): Kieran Lee

DA(S) June Camp for Primary Schools - Registration 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.

Camp Details

Age Group: Primary 4 to Primary 6 in 2019

Dates: 19-21 June 2018 (Wednesday to Friday)

Time: 9am to 4pm daily (not an overnight camp)

Venue: Riverside Primary School

110 Woodlands Crescent, Singapore 737803

Registration Deadline: 12 June 2018 11:59pm (Wednesday)

Fees: $80/pax*

Lunch will be provided on each day.

Register for the camp at:

Payment should be cleared before the commencement of the camp. Details regarding payment will be sent after registration is confirmed.

**Debate Association (Singapore) is committed to providing opportunities for debate to all students regardless of socio-economic circumstances. Kindly email us should your student/child require financial assistance and we will be glad to assist. Please do email Joel ( to let us know if you might require a fee waiver.

Should there be further questions, please feel free to contact Joel ( We look forward to seeing you at the June Camp!


DADC 2019 - Registration Open!

Debate Association Debating Championship is back in its 2019 edition! DADC is a preparatory tournament for secondary school students headed for Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship. For this year’s edition, to mirror the Nationals, there will be 3 Preliminary Rounds, Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and Grand Finals!

Event details:
26-27 January 2019
Registration fee: 160 per team
Break categories: Gold and Silver Division

Registration is now open! Email invitations have been sent to Teachers-in-charge. If you require further assistance, please email


Glyph Speakers' Workshop

On 5 September, DA(S) in partnership with Glyph, ran a workshop for kids and youths to learn speaking and writing skills.
Our trainers worked with students from primary school and secondary school to build their foundational reading skills, gain confidence in presentation and speaking in front of an audience, speech-crafting and structured writing, as well as impromptu speaking skills.
Glyph is a membership programme dedicated to making premier holistic education accessible and affordable, to kids and youths from challenging communities. They plan activities, workshops, and programmes which are non-academic in nature, designed to foster critical thinking capabilities and build creative capacities.
DA(S) was proud to partner them for this workshop and looks forward to more community-building and enriching activities in future.
Our DA(S) trainers at Gylph

Registration for Youth Debate Open 2018 Is Open!

Debate Association is proud to announce that registration for Youth Debate Open 2018 is open!

The Youth Debate Open has been a staple secondary school level tournament organised by the DA(S) and this year it will be happening after the exams on 27thand 28th October.

We are happy to announce that our venue partner for this tournament is Hua Yi Secondary School. Venue hosts are essential to making any and all of our events happen - so we are grateful to HYSS, and to all of our kind venue partners who have helped us to enrich the circuit over the years.

Email invitations have been sent out to all teachers-in-charge of institutional debate teams. Do let us know if you’re interested in participating in YDO 2018, but have yet to receive an email, so we can send you the relevant details.

Secondary School debaters who would like to team up with debaters from other schools may also do so and sign up as an "Open Team".


Here are the key details:

Dates: 27 & 28 October.

Venue: Hua Yi Secondary School (60 Jurong West Street 42, Singapore 649371).

Eligibility: All Secondary School students or the equivalent standard in International Schools or students in the Integrated Programme.


Tournament Structure: Three preliminary rounds (one prepared, two impromptu), Silver/Gold Semi-finals break.

Registration Fees: $130/team. Payment details will be sent to the teams’ point-of-contact upon successful registration.

Meals: Lunch is provided for the team, one accompanying teacher-in-charge, and one coach.

Registration Link:

Registration Deadline: Make sure to register as soon as possible! Registration will close on 5thOctober, or when we hit our team cap of 40, whichever is earlier.


Thank you all for your support, and we hope to see you at YDO 2018 whether as a debater, judge, coach, teacher, or even just an avid community member.


Enquiries? Please contact our Tournament Director Reuben Lopez at


Allegations of Misconduct Against Former DDI Director

Dear members of our debate community,

We are always striving to ensure that debate in Singapore remains an accessible and safe space for all. As such, we take a very strong stance against matters that threaten the well-being and trust of those within our community.

Please find here DA(S)' statement regarding the allegations made against a former programme director of the Debate Development Initiative.

For further enquires on this matter, please email or call the Debate Association (Singapore) President, Cherylyn Wee, at this number: +65 9872 7968

If you are a former DDI member that has been affected by this incident or a parent of a student affected, you are encouraged to make your own police reports in addition to the one made by Debate Association (Singapore).

For further assistance, please approach the Executive Committee.

If you have any relevant information on this issue or on other equity violations at Debate Association (Singapore) programmes, please email

If you are harassed or made to feel uncomfortable by an individual within the community, no matter how prominent they may be, do not hesitate to come forward. All reports made to the equity committee will be confidential, and each case will be treated with the utmost care and sensitivity.

Executive Committee
Debate Association (Singapore)

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