Junior Hong Kong Schools Debating Championships Autumn Series 2010
Date : Saturday 20th November 2010
Venue : German Swiss International School, 11 Guildford Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Time : 8.30am to 5.00pm
Eligibility : Junior Debaters – Years 7-9 (International Schools) / Forms 1-3 (Local Schools)
Each team will have 3 debates consisting of :
- 2 prepared debates (Motions will be released 2 weeks before tournament)
- 1 impromptu debate (30 minute preparation time)
Semi-Final and Friendly Debates
Impromptu debates with 30 minutes preparation time.
- Semi-Final 1 : 1st breaking team vs 4th breaking team
- Semi-Final 2 : 2nd breaking team vs 3rd breaking team
Remaining teams have friendly debates on the same motion. Teams will be paired according to their rankings in the preliminary rounds so that they will debate against teams of similar abilities (ie. 5 vs 6, 7 vs 8) unless teams have already debated each other earlier.
Teams can mix and match team members, as the friendlies are designed to allow teams to give all team members a chance to debate.
The winners of the semi-finals will compete in the Grand Final, which will be an impromptu debate with 30 minute preparation time. The motion for the Grand Final will be released two weeks before the day of the tournament. The other debaters are expected to watch as members of the audience.
Impromptu Speaking Contest
The top 5 speakers from the preliminary rounds (excluding Semi-Finalist team) will compete in an impromptu speech contest to take place while finalists prepare for the final. 3 minutes preparation, 3 minutes delivery time.
Schedule for the Day
In order to make the day run as smoothly as possible, we will be sending out personalized schedules for each school including assigned room numbers for debates and preparation along with a map of the compound. The general schedule can be seen below.
8.30 Arrival and Registration in Old Gym, Upper Building
9.00 – 10.00 Round 1 – Prepared
10.00 – 11.00 Round 2 – Prepared
11.00 – 11.20 Break and Announcement of Round 3 motion and draw
11.20 – 11.50 Round 3 – Preparation
11.50 – 12.50 Round 3 – Impromptu
12.50 – 1.30 Lunch and Announcement of Semi-Finalists
1.30 – 2.00 Semi-Finals and Friendly Debates – Preparation
2.00 – 3.00 Semi-Finals in UL14 and 15 and Friendly Debates – Impromptu
3.00 – 3.30 Grand Final Preparation and Impromptu Speech Contest
3.30 – 4.30 Grand Final in Old Gym
4.30 – 5.00 Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony
————— Awards : Champion, Runner-up, Best Speaker and Impromptu Speech Winner
————— Announcement of Top 10 Best Speakers (Average of Preliminary and Semi/Friendlies marks)
NOTE: Finalists have 5 debates, other teams have 4 debates.
1. Each team should consist of 3-5 team members. Only 3 participate in any debate, but all 5 can help in preparation.
2. The tournament will be in the World Schools Format. Resources, including guides for debaters and adjudicators can be found at our resources page.
3. Each side will give 3 constructive speeches followed by a 4th reply speech by either 1st or 2nd speaker
4. Constructive speeches of 5 minutes (100 marks) are followed by 2 minute 30 second reply speech (50 marks
5. At least 2 Points of Information are expected to be offered by each member of team per speech, and each of the constructive speakers should take 2 between 1:00 and 5:00 minutes. No POIs should be given during the the first and last minutes, which is protected time signaled by the time keeper, or during the reply.
6. As per WSDC, no new material permitted at third or reply
7. NOTE: Visit our videos page for sample videos of World Schools Format debates.
8. All teams MUST be accompanied by a coach/adjudicator. This is a strict policy to ensure that all teams provide an adjudicator. For this tournament teachers must accompany their teams and adjudicate.
9. Each school may only send 1 team. The organizers reserve the right to invite second teams or create swing teams to even up the number of teams.
10. Tournament Cap : 24 teams
German Swiss International School is located at 11 Guildford Road, The Peak, Hong Kong. You can reach the school by taking the MTR to Central Station and boarding the number one green minibus at IFC. The bus will take you to Mansfield Road, which is just up the road from Guildford Road. Volunteers will be waiting to escort you from the bus station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, which should cost $30 at its most expensive.
The Jr HKSDC will be run by a committee of students headed by Heather Pickerell of German Swiss International School, including Benjamin Allen of La Salle College, Tiffany Chung of South Island School and Benjamin So of Hong Kong University with supervision by Mrs. Butchart, Supervisor of the GSIS Debating Society and Mr. Evershed, Chairman of the Hong Kong Schools Debating Council.
Information about the tournament, the Council and the World Schools Format can be found at our resources page and you can contact us at email@example.com.
The team cap of 24 teams will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a waiting list for later applicants.
Enter by 30th October 2010
Register for this event by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This must then be followed up by sending an entry cheque of $300 made out to “South Island School” and posted to Mr. Michael Evershed, “The Hong Kong Schools Debating Council”, South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Road Aberdeen. This fee is to cover lunch, trophies and other costs associated with running the tournament.
Draw and motions will be released on Friday 5th November.
The customary Pre-Championship Workshop will be held on Monday 1st November.
Details about the workshop will be released closer to the date.
Due to demands by almost every school for their scores after the Sr HKSDC and after consideration by the committee, it has been decided that score sheets will be given to teams after the awards ceremony. We hope this will encourage transparency in adjudication and provide teams with more in-depth feedback. For more information, please check point 12 in the rules section below.
Free Pre-Tournament Workshop
Date : Monday 15th November, 4:30
Venue : Diocesan Boys’ School, 131, Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Who : Everyone is invited to attend
The pre-tournament workshop will be conducted by Greg Forse, current coach of the Hong Kong national debate team. For more information about Greg, you should check his page on our website.
Everyone, including debaters and teachers, is invited to attend. There will be more emphasis on adjudication for this workshop than the last. Click here for driving instructions to DBS.
|8:30||Arrival and Registration at Old Gym, Lower Ground Floor, Upper Building|
|8:45||Opening address in Old Gym|
|9:00 – 9:40||Round 1 – Impromptu – Preparation
Adjudicator’s Briefing in Y12 Common Room
|9:40 – 10:40||Round 1 – Impromptu|
|10:40 – 11:40||Round 2 – Prepared|
|11:40 – 12:40||Round 3 – Prepared|
|12:40 – 1:15||Lunch at Sodexho|
|1:15||Announcement of Semi-Finalists and motion for semis/friendlies in Old Gym|
|1:20 – 2:00||Semi-Finals and Friendly Debates –Impromptu –Preparation|
|2:00 – 3:00||Semi-Finals and Friendly Debates –Impromptu|
|3:00||Announcement of Grand Finalists at Old Gym|
|3:10 – 3: 50||Grand Finals –Impromptu –Preparation
Impromptu Speaking Competition in Old Gym
|3:50 – 4:50||Grand Final in Old Gym|
|5:00 – 5:30||Award Presentation and Closing Ceremony
Awards: Champion, Runner Up, Best Speaker, Best Impromptu Speaker
Announcement of the Top 10 Best Speakers
Handing out of score sheets
Impromptu Speech Competition
The top five debaters excluding those who made the semi-finals will compete in an impromptu speaking competition, modeled on the impromptu section of WIDPSC. Debaters will be given two minutes to pick one of three topics and give an impromptu speech modeled on this topic. Speeches can be between two and four minutes. The competition will take place during the preparation time of the Grand Finals.
1. Age of team: Open age group, but has to be Y7 – Y9/Form 1 – 3
2. Team size: 3 to 5 team members. 3 debate but all 5 can take part in preparation. Team members can swap in and out between debates.
3. World schools style. Full guides to this style can be found at the WSDC resources page on our website.
Each team gives 3 speeches and a reply speech, which is given by either the first or second speaker. Speeches will be 5/5/5/3 minutes and marked 100/100/100/50. Points of information allowed in speeches 1 to 3 between 1.00 and 5.00 minutes. No POIs during protected time or reply speeches.
No points deducted for overtime, but the bell will ring at the appropriate time and debaters are expected to finish immediately and sit down. No new material can be introduced at third or reply – our website should be checked for more details on speaker roles.
Videos of worlds style debates can be found on the WSDC videos page of the HKSDC website.
4. All teams must have an adjudicator. This can be a senior student or a teacher. This is a strict policy to ensure that all teams provide an adjudicator. If any team turns up without their designated adjudicator they will be expelled from the tournament.
5. Senior debaters and teachers who are not affiliated with their junior teams are invited to come to the tournament as adjudicators. It will be a valuable experience to gain some adjudication training and experience and everyone is more than welcome to come.
6. If a team turns up excessively late for a debate, it will forfeit that debate. One team cannot be allowed to delay the event. Ruling here is at the discretion of the head of the organization committee. 5 minutes late will be the guideline for this tournament.
7. In the case of either point 4 or 6, the winning team will be allocated the average score of all other winning teams in that round, for purposes of calculating the table positions.
8. All teams get a minimum of four debates, two impromptu and two prepared. There will be 3 preliminary debates, semi finals with concurrent friendly debates (for those who did not make the break) and the Grand Final.
9. Teams may bring a dictionary with them. It can be used both in the prep room and during the debate.
10. Debaters may only take paper, cards and pens into the preparation rooms. Mobile phones and computers are strictly forbidden in the preparation rooms. The teams may also not receive any help from coaches, senior students or other debaters who are not members of their team. A breach of this rule will result in the disqualification of the guilty party from the tournament.
11. To qualify in the top ten best speakers, you need to have debated at least twice out of the three preliminary rounds. Only scores from the preliminary rounds will be used to calculate the rankings. Only the top ten speaker rankings will be released after the tournament.
12. Adjudicators should hand the score sheets to the chairperson in the room after each debate, not to the teams. This is because the scores are needed to calculate the draw for the semi-finals. Score sheets will only be given out to teams after the awards ceremony to allow junior debaters to receive more in-depth feedback.
13. Teams will be issued with an invoice via email for $300. This must then be followed up by sending a cheque made out to “South Island School” and posted to Michael Evershed, “The Hong Kong Schools Debating Council”, South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen. This fee is to cover lunch, trophies and other costs of the tournament.
14. Lunch will be provided for debaters and coaches in the schools’ refectory. Supporters will need to purchase their own lunch.
15. Dress code is formal wear, as befits the occasion. Boys should wear black trousers, white shirt, tie and suit and girls should wear formal skirts and tops or dresses. No school uniforms or anything which could denote association with a particular school should be worn.
16. We encourage everyone to bring their cameras and take as many photos as possible. These will be uploaded to the HKSDC website. You can also bring along video cameras. No approval needed.
17. Preparation rooms and debate rooms have been assigned in advance and will be sent to your schools with the draw on November 8th.
List of Participants
|Jr HKSDC Autumn Edition 2010 List of Participants|
|Canadian International School||Matt Li||/||Herman Wong|
|Chinese International School||Resa Ng, Mr. Leshan Kwan||/||Nico Vallone|
|Diocesan Boys’ School||Mr. Leo Zen||/||N/A|
|Diocesan Girl’s School||Mr. Azeem Ebrahim||Fernanda Lai, Iris Zhang||Alison Chan|
|Discovery College||Ms. Flora Mather||/||Grace Sercombe|
|Tra My Hickin|
|Young Soo Kweon|
|German Swiss International School||Ms. Krystyna Butchart||Caitlin Fischer||Amanda Sin|
|Heep Yunn||Mr. Steven Lee||/||Helen Lee|
|Hong Kong Academy||Ms. Blessie Maunder||/||Alison Choi|
|Island School||Mr. Ric Faulkner||/||N/A|
|King George V||Ms. Christine Bruce||/||Grace Chen|
|Narumi Nagaya Wong|
|LaSalle College||Ms. Kiran Mohinani, Ms. Margaret Wong||/||Anselm Au|
|Ryan Gabriel Chan|
|Maryknoll Convent School||Mr. Aloysius Lee||/||Alison Chow|
|Queen’s College||Ms. Christine Bennet||Jeffrey Wong||Brian Lam Wui Tsun|
|Brian Lui Ching Yin|
|Edmund Lam Chi Long|
|Joshua Yeung King Lun|
|Morrall Alexander Charles|
|Renaissance College||Mr. Ray Young||Kevin Chung||Amy Wang|
|Sha Tin College||Mr. David Hooper||Irving Teng, Jason Wong, Justin Lee, Austin Lee||Alish Pradhan|
|South Island School||Pavan Hegde||Alan Gigi, Avirup Banerjee, Madhav Menon, Sharsha Karki||Evan Leung|
|St Stephen’s Girls College||Leona Keung||/||Andrea Leung|
|Cheng Sherry Xueer|
|St. Joseph’s College||Ms. Ally Yuen, Ms Julia Lai||/||N/A|
|St. Paul’s Co-Educational College||Jacky Cheung Hok Kan||/||N/A|
|Wah Yan College||Mr. Chu Ting Chin||/||Terry Tang|
|Wah Yan College, Kowloon||/||/||Ephriam Chan|
|West Island School||Lara Gander||/||Albert Son|
|Lee Marie Raytek|
|Shun Yat Cheung|
|Ying Wa College||Ms. Kay Daswani||Jonathan Chu||Bon Bong|
Two small alterations have been made to the rules. The dress code has been changed from formal to smart/casual for everyone. Also, speaking times have been reduced to 4/4/4/2 minutes.
Jr HKSDC Autumn Edition 2010 Draw and Room Allocations
Round 1: Impromptu Motion
9:00 – 10:40
|Proposition||Opposition||Prop Prep + Debate||Opp Prep|
|South Island School||Chinese International School||U220||UL14|
|Hong Kong Academy||Renaissance College||U221||UL15|
|Queen’s College||West Island School 1||U222||UL13|
|Diocesan Boys’ School||King George V School||U223||UL12|
|Sha Tin College||Wah Yah College, Kowloon||U218||UG01|
|Island School||St. Paul’s Co-educational College||U217||U104|
|Maryknoll Convent School||Heep Yunn School||U205||U103|
|West Island School 2||St. Joseph’s College||U206||Roof – SHARED|
|Diocesan Girls’ School||St. Stephen’s Girls’ College||U122||Roof – SHARED|
|La Salle College||Canadian International School||U123||UL07 – SHARED|
|Discovery College||Wah Yah College||U117||UL07 – SHARED|
|German Swiss International School||Ying Wa College||U118||UL07 – SHARED|
Round 2: Prepared Motion – THBT the 2009 East Asian Games caused more harm than good
10:40 – 11:40
|St. Paul’s Co-educational College||West Island School 1||UL14|
|Heep Yunn School||Hong Kong Academy||UL15|
|Ying Wa College||Diocesan Boys’ School||UL13|
|Wah Yah College||Queen’s College||UL12|
|St. Stephen’s Girls’ College||South Island School||U122|
|Wah Yan College, Kowloon||Renaissance College||U123|
|St. Joseph’s College||Chinese International School||U118|
|Canadian International School||King George V School||U220|
|Island School||German Swiss International School||U221|
|Sha Tin College||Discovery College||U222|
|West Island School 2||Diocesan Girls’ School||U223|
|La Salle College||Maryknoll Convent School||U217|
Round 3: Prepared Motion – THBT tourism is bad for the environment
11:40 – 12:40
|Wah Yan College, Kowloon||St. Joseph’s College||UL14|
|Ying Wa College||St. Stephen’s Girls’ College||UL15|
|Wah Yah College||St. Paul’s Co-educational College||UL13|
|Canadian International School||Heep Yunn School||UL12|
|South Island School||La Salle College||U122|
|Queen’s College||German Swiss International School||U123|
|Diocesan Boys’ School||West Island School 2||U118|
|King George V School||Diocesan Girls’ School||U220|
|Renaissance College||Discovery College||U221|
|Chinese International School||Island School||U222|
|Hong Kong Academy||Sha Tin College||U223|
|West Island School 1||Maryknoll Convent School||U217|
Grand Final Motion: THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits