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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.

Click "Read More" for the best speakers of the Preliminary Round.



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!


Click "Continue Reading" to find out more details!



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". 


ValidITES Post-Secondary Debate Tournament

Earlier this week, ITE College Central, with the support of Debate Association (Singapore), organised the 3rd ValidITE Post-Secondary Debate Tournament.

An Asians-format competition, ValidITE brought together 24 teams from junior colleges, polytechnics and ITEs across Singapore. The theme of this year's tournament was "Self, Society, Industry".

After 3 days of debating held over 13th, 14th and 18th of July, Hwa Chong Institution emerged champions after defeating NUS High 5 - 0.

The other results are as follows:


Call for Adjudicators | Primary School Debate Open & SRC-IHL 2013

Judges are needed for two upcoming tournaments from very different age groups in the debate circuit. They are the Primary School Debate Open and Singapore Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Debate Series 2013.

The tournaments cater to primary school and junior-college levels respectively. Please kindly complete the attached form and email Walter at, by the indicated dates.


Postponement of Youth Debate Open 2013

The Youth Debate Open 2013 was scheduled to run on 22 and 23 June 2013 at Anglo-Chinese Junior College.

However, the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) has reached “Hazardous” levels these past few days. As the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the tournament is our utmost priority, we have decided to postpone the competition to a later date.

The competition will be rescheduled once the PSI reaches a consistently “Moderate” or “Good” level. We will keep all schools and teams involved in the tournament updated on this.

Debate Association (Singapore) is deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused and seeks your understanding on the matter. Please contact us directly at if you have any further queries.

Click here for the official letter.

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