CHINESE INTERNATIONAL DOMINATE FINALS NIGHT

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The Grand Finals night of the 8th HKSDPSC debating tournament saw a number of quirky results: all four oppositions won, three out of the four results were split decisions, and all four of the best speakers came from the 2nd and 3rd speaker positions.

However, in a night of high quality, high octane debates, CIS emerged as the new powerhouse of HKSDPSC senior debating by taking out both the Gold and Silver finals. In tight contests, they were pushed all the way in split decisions by Shatin College (Silver) and South Island School (Gold). Diocesan Girls’ School put the disappointments of the preliminary day behind them and rallied strongly to win the Bronze in the most decisive debate of the night over American International School who showed enough to suggest they will go onto bigger things ion the future. La Salle managed to defeat a gallant West Island School to take the Crystal final, and both teams demonstrated enough skill to suggest they will rise in the rankings next time.

However, in a night of high quality, high octane debates, CIS emerged as the new powerhouse of HKSDPSC debating by taking out both the Gold and Silver finals. In tight contests, they were pushed all the way in split decisions by Shatin College (Silver) and South Island School (Gold). Diocesan Girls’ School put the disappointments of the preliminary day behind them and rallied strongly to win the Bronze in the most decisive debate of the night over American International School who showed enough to suggest they will go onto bigger things in the future. La Salle managed defeat a gallant West Island School to take the Crystal final, and both teams demonstrated enough skill to suggest they will rise in the rankings next time.

GOLD CHAMPIONS: CHINESE INTERNATIONAL

GOLD CHAMPIONS: CHINESE INTERNATIONAL


GOLD BEST SPEAKER: ALLEGRA BERSANI

GOLD BEST SPEAKER: ALLEGRA BERSANI

MARCH 11th – GRAND FINALS NIGHT 4 BIG DEBATES!
Venue: SOUTH ISLAND SCHOOL – 50 Nam Fung Road, Shouson Hill
Time : 3:40 to 9:30pm
March 11th will be the night of the 4 grand finals with prepared motions as stated below with sides.

Here is the summary of the night.

Crystal Grand Final

West Island School (Proposition) were defeated by La Salle college (Opposition) by a vote of 2-1
Best Speaker: Eugenia Wan (West island)
Motion: THBT teams should refuse to play in sporting events against or held in a country with human rights abuses
Bronze Grand Final
American International School (Proposition) were defeated by Diocesan Girls’ School (Opposition) on a vote of 3-0
Best Speaker: Adriana Lee (DGS)
Motion: THBT HK should abandon the peg to the US dollar
Silver Grand Final
Shatin College (Proposition) were defeated by Chinese International School 2 (Opposition) by a vote of 2-1
Motion: THBT developing countries should abandon the WTO

Best Speaker: Angelina Li (Shatin)
Gold Grand Final
South Island School (Proposition) were defeated by Chinese International School 1 (Opposition) by a vote of 2-1
Motion: THBT governments should excise bit coin from the economic paradigm.
Best Speaker: Allegra Bersani (CIS)
Motions used in the preliminary rounds

BEST SPEAKER RANKINGS – TOP 16

Based on at least 3 debates in the first day of competition.

1=. Brian Wong (Island School) and Angelina Li (Shatin College) 74 point average
3. Allegra Bersani (CIS), 73.67
4=. Travis Pilling (CIS) and Sarika Mahbubani (RC), 73.33
6=. Claudia Tam (IS) and Isaac Chung (Raimondi C), 73
8. Caitin Fischer (GSIS), 72.67
9=. Petra Ho (GSIS), Audrey Foo (RC) and Bianca Chan (MCS), 72
12=. Eunice Kung (Belilios PS) and Sharon Fung (HYS), 71.67
14=. Alexander Soo (RC) and Cara Fung (CIS), 71.33
16 marcus Siu (St Joseph’s College), 71

Round One: Impromptu – THBT domestic helpers whoa re abused should be given the same legal status as children and spouses
Round Two: THW allow parents with terminally ill children to euthanize.
Round Three: THBT governments that have publicly denounced the Sochi Olympics should donate
to LGBT groups in Russia.
Quarterfinals: Impromptu – THW cease the war on drugs
Semifinals: THW grant Edward Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014.

It’s on again! Registration is now open for the 8th Debating Champs at CIS, March 1st.
Finals day hosted at SIS

RENAISSANCE TAKE GOLD IN EPIC FINAL FROM GALLANT DGS

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It was a grand final of sublime quality that concluded the 8th Junior Debating Championships on 19 November 2013 with the much younger Proposition team from Diocesan Girls’ School challenging the more experienced hosts, Renaissance College, every millimetre of the way. The motion “This House should cease the USA drone programme” which many thought too difficult for this level of debater, proved to be the catalyst for an intriguing contest which saw research, strategy, rebuttal and style being matched speech for speech. In the end, it came down to the staying power of the hosts and a fine speaker-award delivery by Sarika at 3rd opposition that proved the difference.

The DGS girls, however, captivated the crowd with their skill and courage to earn a hearty round of applause when the silverware for first runner-up was handed out. They deserved it, too, because having arrived at the tournament 10 days before as DGS team 2, they went from uncertain students with not much experience to worthy finalists who contributed to the fireworks in what has been, to date, the best ever Junior Grand Final. This tournament marks the beginning of long debating careers for the members of this fine team.

THE GOLD GRAND FINAL TEAMS: DGS AND RC

THE GOLD GRAND FINAL TEAMS: DGS AND RC


Renaissance College put together a very classy finals night, dressing up the stage with colourful debating tables, slides and visual displays. The team of senior students ran the night with clockwork precision and added greatly to the sense of occasion.
RENAISSANCE COLLEGE TEAM: GOLD QUALITY DEBATERS AND EVENT MANAGERS

RENAISSANCE COLLEGE TEAM: GOLD QUALITY DEBATERS AND EVENT MANAGERS

The Silver, Bronze and Crystal Grand Finals all produced even contests and proved the value of the new format in giving all teams a chance to do finals debating. There is no doubt that all 6 teams who took part in these Grand Finals will come back to the 9th Junior event in March, 2014, stronger for their experiences.

PROUD CRYSTAL RUNNERS UP WAH YAN HONG KONG

PROUD CRYSTAL RUNNERS UP WAH YAN HONG KONG

Here are the results:

Silver: Diocesan Boys’ School (Prop) defeated Queen Elizabeth School (Opp)

Bronze: South Island 2 (Opp) defeated Raimondi College (Prop)

Crystal: Shatin College (Prop) defeated Wah Yan College HK (Opp)

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HOSTS POWER PAST HEAVY WEIGHTS TO REACH FIRST FINAL

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Renaissance College stunned recent winners of the tournament, German Swiss International School and Chinese International in emphatic style earning the right to “go for gold” in the 8th HKSDPSC Championships held at their school yesterday, November 9th. Showing strong teamwork and poise under pressure the hosts were the only unbeaten team on the day which saw 32 teams contest 72 debates.

Diocesan Girls’ School Team 2 upset top-breaking team South Island 1 in the quarters, then St Joseph’s in the semis to reach their first ever Grand Final in the Worlds Style. South Island had defeated DGS 2 in Round three of the preliminaries, but the girls turned the tables on SIS 1 in the sudden-death playoffs by one point after breaking 8th. Proving that this win was no fluke, DGS became worthy finalists with a clear win over St Joseph’s College in the semi-final.

Keshav Menon from SIS 1 accumulated enough points in the first 4 rounds to receive the “Best Speaker” award with a very healthy 74.5 average. There were also strong individual performances in the top 3 points rankings from Tristan Lau (SPC), Joyce Ng (SHCC), Odessa Ng (GSIS), Stephanie Leung (DGS2) and Stephy Lo (SHCC). See the top 24 rankings below.

Photos taken on the day can be viewed at this site:

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In the Silver division, Queen Elizabeth School and Diocesan Boys’ School surged their way to the top after breaking 15th and 13th respectively.

The Bronze final will be a contest between South Island School’s second team and Raimondi College who finished the preliminaries in 17th and 24th place respectively.

The addition of the Crystal section proved popular with lively semi-finals leading to Wah Yan College Hong Kong (broke 25th) and Shatin College (27th) lining up to lift the Crystal trophy.

The Grand Finals evening at Renaissance on November 19th will see 4 consecutive Grand Finals.

GRAND FINAL RUNDOWN

Here is the line up for the “night of nights”

GOLD 8pm Motion: THBT the USA should cease its drone programme. Diocesan Girls’ School 2 (Proposition) vs Renaissance College (Opposition)

SILVER 6.40pm Motion: TH regrets the influence of Hollywood.
Diocesan Boys’ School (Proposition) vs Queen Elizabeth School (Opposition)

BRONZE 5.20pm Motion: THBT team sport should be compulsory in secondary schools
Raimondi College (Proposition) vs South Island School 2 (Opposition)

CRYSTAL 4 pm Motion: TH should ban beauty contests. Shatin College (Proposition) vs Wah Yan College Hong Kong (Opposition)

PATHS TO THE FINALS – DIVISIONAL FLOWCHARTS

HKDPSDC J8 Gold(1)

HKSDPSC J8 Silver

HKSDPSC J8 Bronze

HKSDPDC J8 Crystal

TOP 24 SPEAKER RANKINGS

Team Debater Average at least 3 debates Rank
SIS1 Keshav Menon 74.5 1
SPC Tristan Lau 73 2
SHCC Joyce Ng 72 3=
GSIS Odessa Ng 72 3=
DGS2 Stephanie Leung 72 3=
SHCC Stephy Lo 72 3=
RenC Sarika Mahbubani 71.75 7
IS Karina Poon 71.7 8
ICS Mary Grace Hilliard 71.5 9
SPC Anson Lam 71.33 10=
GHS Gladys Mak 71.33 10=
HYS1 Juliet Leung 71.25 12
SJC Arthur Tang 71 13=
QES Becky Cheung 71 13=
SIS2 Belinda Ng 71 13=
GSIS Bernice Chung 71 13=
HYS1 Cadence Lin 71 13=
RaiC Calvin Ho 71 13=
DGS2 Codi Luk 71 13=
SJC EJ Anonuevo 71 13=
HYS1 Kelly Chan 71 13=
KGV Matthew Choy 71 13=
SIS2 Vlado Vasile 70.875 23
HYS2 Elizabeth Chu 70.83 24

Motions record for the tournament

R1: Impromptu – THBT Fast food restaurants are more harm than good
R2: This House believes that parenting classes should be part of the curriculum for HK secondary school students
R3: This House would ban alcohol companies from sponsoring sports events
QF: Impromptu TH would make it illegal for the media to intrude into the private lives of public figures
SF: This House rejects capital punishment
GOLD: THBT the USA should cease its drone programme.
SILVER: TH regrets the influence of Hollywood.
BRONZE: THBT team sport should be compulsory in secondary schools
CRYSTAL: TH should ban beauty contests.

Draw

R1 (Prop v Opp) R2 (Prop v Opp) R3 (Prop v Opp)
GSIS v YCIS QC v GSIS GSIS v KGV
HKIS v CIS CIS v GHS SPCC2 v CIS
SIS1 v HYS1 SHCC v SIS1 SIS1 v DGS2
SSGC v SPCC1 SPCC1 v WYK WIS v SPCC1
RaiC v RenC HYS2 v RaiC RaiC v SIS2
SC v LSC LSC v SPC QES v LSC
DGS1 v SJC PLK v DGS1 DGS1 v WYCHK
IS v DBS DBS v SSC ICS v DBS
KGV v QC KGV v YCIS YCIS v QC
GHS v SPCC2 HKIS v SPCC2 GHS v HKIS
DGS2 v SHCC DGS2 v HYS1 HYS1 v SHCC
WYK v WIS SSGS v WIS WYK v SSGC
SIS2 v HYS2 SIS2 v RenC RenC v HYS2
SPC v QES SC v QES SPC v SC
WYCHK v PLK WYCHK v SJC SJC v PLK
SSC v ICS IS v ICS SSC v IS

Notes
2. Bring $200 to register per team – 2 teams = $400. Receipts issued – if you bring cheque make it out to “South Island School”
4. We have decided to add a 4th Grand Final the “Crystal” Grand Final so that teams ranked 25-32 after the 3 prelims then fight it out for a Quarter Final that counts and the Semi Finals.
6. Dress code is neat – either very neat casual or semi-formal – black and white, jackets, business style but if you can’t manage that just be really neatly dressed – no sports gear. And NO SCHOOL UNIFORMS
7. Judges who have nominated please do not leave after lunch – with the new format there is incredible pressure after lunch for judging and if you are committed you stay. You should have organised an afternoon replacement by now so please no changes and be committed on the day.
8. At lunch time do not go far away and come back asap – a rule of thumb here is 40 minutes maximum after your finish round 3 be back in the meeting Hall.
11. Note that it is world schools style debating – 3 5 minute speeches, then a 2.30 speech reply given by either the first or second speaker. The third speaker identifies the CLASHES and analyses them further. No new material at third. The first two speeches are the traditional case + rebuttal type common to all debates after the First proposition speaker has laid out the whole debate.

CLAUDIA TAM WINS INDIVIDUALS IN STYLE

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Claudia Tam from Island School won the HKSDPSC Public Speaking tournament held last Saturday at West Island School. Her victory came on the back of number one ratings in Persuasive Speech and interpretive Reading in an event that attracted 32 contestants. Petra Ho and Caitlin Fischer from GSIS ranked second and third overall and were presented with trophies along with Claudia on Saturday November 9th at the 8th HKSDPSC Junior debating Championships where they acted as judges.
individs trophies

Here are the top 20 placegetters:

OVERALL

Pos

Name

School

Points

1

Claudia Tam

Island School

1079

2

Petra Ho

German Swiss

1073

3

Caitlin Fischer

German Swiss

1069

4

Angelina Li

Sha Tin College

1061

5

Brian Wong

Island School

1060

6

Jimin Kang

Chinese International

1060

7

Nicole Liu

Diocesan Girls’ School

1043

8

Adriana Lee

Diocesan Girls’ School

1025

9

Justin Wei

German Swiss

1024

10

Sarika Mahbubani

Renaissance College

1008

11

Faith Yeung

St. Paul’s Co-ed College

1005

12

Alexander Wong

La Salle College

999

13

Donovan Kelly

Hong Kong Academy

994

14

Edward Mak

KGV

988

15

Audrey Foo

Renaissance College

987

16

Sam Cheung

Li Po Chun UWC

981

17

Elizabeth Chu

Heep Yunn School

977

18

Cody Wong

Li Po Chun UWC

975

19

Hazel Leung

Renaissance College

972

20

Juliet Leung

Heep Yunn School

971

EACH CATEGORY TOP 10 RESULTS
DEBATING

Pos Name School
1 Nicole Liu Diocesan Girls’ School
2 Petra Ho German Swiss
3 Angelina Li Sha Tin College
4 Brian Wong Island School
5 Justin Wei German Swiss
6 Jimin Kang Chinese International
7 Caitlin Fischer German Swiss
8 Allegra Bersani Chinese International
9 Claudia Tam Island School
10 Edward Mak KGV

INTERPRETIVE READING

Pos Name School
1 Claudia Tam Island School
2 Jimin Kang Chinese International
3 Brian Wong Island School
4 Caitlin Fischer German Swiss
5 Petra Ho German Swiss
6 Angelina Li Sha Tin College
7 Serena Wang West Island School
8 Audrey Foo Renaissance College
9 Alexander Wong La Salle College
10 Sam Cheung LPC UWC

PERSUASIVE SPEAKING

Pos Name School
1 Claudia Tam Island School
2 Justin Wei German Swiss
3 Alexander Wong La Salle College
4 Petra Ho German Swiss
5 Adriana Lee Diocesan Girls’ School
6 Caitlin Fischer German Swiss
7 Faith Yeung St. Paul’s Co-ed
8 Brian Wong Island School
9 Jimin Kang Chinese International
10 Nicole Liu Diocesan Girls’ School

IMPROMPTU SPEAKING

Pos Name School
1 Donovan Kelly Hong Kong Academy
2 Caitlin Fischer German Swiss
3 Angelina Li Sha Tin College
4 Adriana Lee Diocesan Girls’ School
5 Brian Wong Island School
6 Jimin Kang Chinese International
7 Allegra Bersani Chinese International
8 Claudia Tam Island School
9 Alexandra Churchill West Island School
10 Nicole Liu Diocesan Girls’ School

HKSDPSC does battle at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club

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The high-achieving student team representing the Hong Kong Schools Debating and Public Speaking Community (HKDPSC) emerged the winners of a excellent and tough public debate against The Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s (FCC) team. The HKDPSC team comprised of Natalie So, James Lo and Benjamin Allen. Representing the FCC were SCMP business editor Nick Edwards, Bloomberg reporter Rachel Evans and barrister Kevin Egan. The two teams faced-off on the motion that ‘This house believes that the growth of social media is the single biggest challenge facing journalism today’ with the HKDPSC team affirming the motion and the FCC team in opposition. Before the debate, the audience voted 40% in favour, 39% against and 21% undecided. After a spirited debate from both sides, the audience voted 54% in favour and 43% against, giving the HKSDPSC team the win.

Below is an excerpt of the debate courtesy of the FCC and a report of the event by the SCMP Young Post.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRbF7cIiPBo