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December Camp Registration Opens!

Debate Association (Singapore) is happy to announce that registration for our annual December Camp is now open! 

This year’s December Camp is open to both experienced debaters and students with no prior experience aged 13 – 16 years old (Secondary 1-4, or an equivalent standard). 

Students will be grouped according to their levels of experience, and can look forward to a wide range of exciting and interactive debate activities designed to teach them how to speak out and hold their own in a competitive debate. 

Parents / students who are interested should fill in the registration form at More details on the specific programme / payment options will be sent to registered participants. Any further queries can be directed to

Applications close at 22 Nov 2013, 5pm.  There are only 60 slots, so early registration is encouraged!

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Singapore Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Debate Championships 2013 - Results

The Singapore Red Cross Society and Debate Association (Singapore) jointly organised the annual Singapore Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Debate Championships (SRC IHL) 2013.

Hosted by Anglo-Chinese Junior College, this year’s tournament covered diverse issues such as the relevance of IHL in war; whether IHL is a form of western imperialism; disaster relief financing; and the use of private military contractors. It also brought together 16 teams from various international schools and junior colleges across Singapore.

After 2 days of debating held over the 24th and 31st of August, Hwa Chong Institution emerged Champion Team in a 5-2 split against NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. Etsuko Lim of Hwa Chong Institution was also named Best Speaker of the Grand Finals.

Singapore Red Cross' Deputy Secretary General, Administration, Mr Lim Theam Poh, observed the Grand Finals and presented awards to the finalists as well as the top speakers of the tournament.

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Singapore British Parliamentary Debate Championships 2013 Results

NUS Debate Club, with the support of Debate Assocation (Singapore), organised the Singapore British Parliamentary Debate Championships (SBPDC) 2013. Sponsored by Google Singapore, the theme of the tournament was "Internet Policy and Digital Literacy".

The largest British Parliamentary format competition in Singapore, the SBPDC brought together 80 teams from various schools, junior colleges and polytechnics from here and abroad.

After 2 days of debating held over the 17th and 18th of August, Nanyang Girls' High School B emerged Champions of the Junior Break[1] while Hwa Chong Institution (Junior College) A emerged Champions of the Senior Break[2].

[1] The Junior Break was for teams wholly comprised of students Grade 10  (or equivalent) and below

[2] The Senior Break was for teams with at least one Grade 11 (or equivalent) student

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Inaugural Primary School Debate Open - Results

Over the past 6 weeks, 16 primary schools from all over Singapore competed at the inaugural Primary School Debate Open (PSDO). Hosted by Methodist Girls’ School (Primary), and supported by Debate Association (Singapore), PSDO is the only other national primary school tournament apart from Wits & Words.

After 3 exciting preliminary rounds, Haig Girls’ School beat Tao Nan School to emerge champion on 16 Aug 2013. Haig Girls’ School's Irdina Maztura Bte Mohamad was also voted best speaker of the finals.

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Call for Volunteers for Singapore British Parliamentary Debate Championships

The NUS Debate Team and Debate Association (Singapore) are in need of volunteers to help run the Singapore British Parliamentary Debate Championships (SBPDC), the largest British Parliamentary tournament in Singapore. Sponsored by Google, this year’s SBPDC will see some high quality debating amongst the best Secondary school and Tertiary  teams across the region!


If you would like to be involved, and see some excellent debates while you are at it, e-mail the organisers at Available volunteer positions include timekeepers, chair persons and runners. Certificates for community involvement are available upon request.


We hope to see you there!


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Debate Association (Singapore) Executive Committee of 2013

On the 7th of July, Debate Association (Singapore) held the 2013 Annual General meeting at Thomson CC. Amongst other things, a new Executive Committee was elected for a 2-year term. 

Led by Adrienne de Souza, the new Executive Committee looks forward to continuing the Association's mission of nurturing a debate culture in Singapore. If you have feedback on the Association's work, including ideas on activities/focus areas we should look into, do send them to

For the full line-up of the Executive Committee, click on "Continue Reading". 

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