EVENTS: Sr HKSDC Spring 2011


Senior Hong Kong Schools Debating Championships Spring Series 2011

Date : Saturday 12 th February 2010
Venue : Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong SAR
Time : 8:00am to 5:00pm
Eligibility : Senior Debaters – Years 10-13 (International Schools) / Forms 4-7 (Local Schools)

Debating Plan

Preliminary Rounds

Each team has 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

An impromptu debate with 30 minutes preparation.

  • Semi-Final 1 : 1st breaking team vs 4th breaking team
  • Semi-Final 2 : 2nd breaking team vs 3rd breaking team

Remaining teams have a friendly debate on the same motion. Teams paired according to preliminary results so that debates are on similar abilities (ie. 5 vs 6, 7 vs 8 unless teams have already debated each other earlier.)
Teams are encouraged to change their team members as the friendlies are designed to allow all team members the chance to debate.

Grand Final

An impromptu debate with 30 minute preparation between the Winner of Semi-Final 1 and the Winner of Semi-Final 2. The Grand Final motion will be released two weeks before the day of the tournament.
Other debaters are expected to watch as members of the audience.

Impromptu Speaking Contest

The top 5 speakers from the teams NOT in the semi-finals will contest in an impromptu speech contest to take place while finalists prepare for the final.

Schedule for the Day

In order to make the day run as smoothly as possible, we will be send each team a personalized schedule including assigned room numbers for debates and preparation along with a map of the compound. The general schedule is as follows:

8.00 Arrival and Registration in the Auditorium
8.30 – 9.00 Round 1 – Preparation
9.00 – 10.00 Round 1 – Debate
10.00 – 11.00 Round 2 – Debate
11.00 – 12.00 Round 3 – Debate
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch and Announcement of Semi-Finalists
1.00 – 1.30 Semi-Finals and Friendly Debates – Preparation
1.30 – 2.30 Semi-Finals and Friendly Debates – Debate
————— Semi-Finals in Rooms 1808 and 1708
2.30 – 3.30 Grand Final – Preparation
————— Impromptu Speech Contest
3.30 – 4.30 Grand Final in Auditorium
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 scores from Preliminary rounds)
NOTE: Finalists will have 5 debates, other teams will still have 4 debates.

Event Details

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 6 minutes (100 marks) are followed by 3 minute reply speechs (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. 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 [This Tournament will be strictly capped at 24]


Chinese International School is located at 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong.
For full details from CIS’s website, visit

By Taxi

CIS Location Map

Chinese: 中國香港北角寶馬山校園徑一號, 漢基國際學校
English: Chinese International School, 1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong SAR, China
Approximately $40 from Causeway Bay

From Tin Hau MTR Station: Green Minibus 49M
From Causeway Bay MTR Station: Green Minibus 25M from Paterson Street
Chinese International School is the final stop for both minibuses.

By Bus
Buses that have stops at Chinese international School:
New World First Bus: 23B, 25, 25A, 25C, 27, 41A, 81A, 81S
City Bus: 529, 529P
Kowloon Motor Bus: 108

By Car

  • From Central/Wanchai/Causeway Bay: Via Gloucester Road – Victoria Park Road – Wing Hing Street – King’s Road – Tin Hau Temple Road – Braemar Hill Road – Hau Yuen Path
  • From Causeway Bay: Via Causeway Road – King’s Road – Ngan Mok Street – Lau Li Street – King’s Road -Tin Hau Temple Road – Braemar Hill Road – Hau Yuen Path
  • From Tai Hang: Via Tai Hang Road – Lai Tak Tsuen Road – Yee King Road – Cloud View Road – Braemar Hill Road – Hau Yuen Path
  • From North Point or Quarry Bay: Via Pak Fuk Road – Braemar Hill Road – Hau Yuen Path

Organizing Committee

HKSDC is proud to announce that Sr HKSDC Spring 2011 will be organized and run by Resa Ng and Sarah Pemberton of Chinese International School with the CIS Supervisor Mr. Leshan Kwan, former WUDC debater and HKU debating team member. They will work alongside Mr Evershed, Chairman of HKSDC and Greg Forse, Team Hong Kong’s Coach.
For more information about Sr HKSDC, HKSDC or the WSDC Format, visit our website or email us at


The strict team cap of 24 teams will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a waiting list for later applicants.

Enter by 18th January 2011
Register for this event by sending an email to

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, HKSDC, South Island School, 50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen. This fee is to cover lunch, trophies and other costs associated with running the tournament.

The draw and motions will be released on Saturday 22th January 2011
The customary Pre-Championship Workshop will be held on Monday 7th February 2011

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