New Zealand Schools’ Debating



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Results of Nationals 2015

Full results to follow:

Winners: Wellington Black

Peter McKenzie (Scots College)
Shakked Noy (Wellington High School)
Sarah Mackenzie (Kapiti College)
Coaches: Nick Gavey & Richard D’Ath

Runners-Up: Auckland White

Liam Rawlings (Westlake Boys’ High School)
Karan Kalsi (Lynfield College)
Sookyung Choi (St Cuthbert’s College)
Coaches: James Penn & Edward Foley

Highly Commended speakers:

Meg Murray (Kerikeri High School)
Rachel Worthington (St Kentigern College)
Francesca Saavedra (Hamilton Girls’ High School)
Sookyung Choi (St Cuthbert’s College)

Rosemary Dixon Cup for Most Promising Speaker:

Gabrielle Penn (Wanganui High School)

Reserves to the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools Debating Team:

Gabrielle Penn (Wanganui High School)
Sarah Mackenzie (Kapiti College)

Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools Debating Team:

Shakked Noy (Wellington High School)
Peter McKenzie (Scots College)
Emily Williams (Columba College)
Georgina Lomax-Sawyers (Buller High School)
Rhaz Solomon (Wanganui High School)

Andrew Stockley Cup for Captain of the NZ Schools’ Debating Team:

Georgina Lomax-Sawyers (Buller High School)

Russell McVeagh Cup for Best Speaker:

Shakked Noy (Wellington High School)

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St Kents win Auckland Regionals for second year

The Russell McVeagh Auckland Regional Debating Championships were held on the 28th-29th March this year and once again showcased excellent strength in depth for the region.

On the Saturday, debaters competed in four preliminary rounds, debating the merits of banning unvaccinated students from attending public schools, whether gay rights organisations should publicly ‘out’ gay celebrities, whether the government should fully fund tertiary education, and finally whether volountary euthanasia should be legalised.

At the conclusion of these four rounds, St Kentigern College 1 sat atop the team standings with four wins, followed by nine teams all on three wins. This meant that two would miss out on the break on speaker points, with Auckland Diocesan School for Girls and St Cuthbert’s College 2 being the unlucky teams.

The top eight teams returned on Sunday to compete in the knockout rounds. In the quarter finals, on the topic of whether party leaders should be elected by their members or MPs: St Kentigern College 1 beat King’s College 2; Lynfield College beat King’s College 1; St Kentigern College 2 beat Macleans College 1; and Westlake Boys’ High School 1 beat Kristin School.

The semi finals were then held on the motion ‘That this house would offer dictators amnesty in return for stepping down.’ Both St Kent’s 1 and St Kent’s 2 were victorious in their debates against Westlake Boys’ 1 and Lynfield, setting up an all-St Kentigern College final, an impressive achievement for the school and their coaches!

Akl Regionals Final

The final saw these teams debating whether STEM subjects in university courses should have places reserved for women, and in a close debate St Kentigern College 1 (Becky Lane, Rachel Worthington, Keshini Ketheeswaran) were the victors, with St Kentigern College 2 (Sarah Courtney, Joshua Looker, Oscar Sims) the runners-up.

Akl Regionals Finalists - St Kents 1 and 2

The quality of speakers at the tournament was reflected in the need to hold two ‘selection debates’ for the Regional Teams on the Sunday. After much deliberation, the coaches and selectors settled upon six speakers to comprise Auckland’s two teams to attend Nationals and two reserves. The speakers selected were:

Auckland Blue:
Seran Ramanathan (Auckland Grammar School)
Amanda Ngo (King’s College)
Rachel Worthington (St Kentigern College)

Auckland White:
Liam Rawlings (Westlake Boys’ High School)
SooKyung Choi (St Cuthbert’s College)
Karan Kalsi (Lynfield College)

Reserves:
Becky Lane (St Kentigern College)
Zachary Wong (Macleans College)

A number of other individual speaker awards were given out to those students who particularly impressed throughout the tournament:

Best Speaker:
Amanda Ngo (King’s College)

Highly Commended:
Courtney Varney (King’s College)
Amelia Vincent (Kristin School)
Joshua Looker (St Kentigern College)

Most Promising Speaker:
Joshua Looker (St Kentigern College)

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Villa Maria College win Canterbury Regionals 2015

Canterbury Regionals were held over the weekend of the 14th and 15th of March at the University of Canterbury. CSDC worked closely with the University of Canterbury College of Arts, who assisted with booking debating rooms and a seminar room for the final.

St Margaret’s College, Villa Maria College, Cashmere High School and Papanui High School broke to the semi-finals, with St Margaret’s College and Villa Maria College progressing to the finals. The final topic was “This house believes that western media outlets should republish uncensored cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed when reporting on threats or attacks against their artists.” After a close debate, Villa Maria College won in a unanimous decision from the adjudication panel.

Results

Winners (Villa Maria College):
Samantha Crews
Olivia Nally
Isabella Walsh

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Runners-Up (St Margaret’s College):

Emma Clucas
Rebecca Lilley
Nat Vaughan

Most Promising Team:
Papanui High School

Best Speaker:
Isabelle Walsh (Villa Maria College)

Most Promising Speaker:
Harrison Smith (St Andrew’s College)

Members of the Canterbury Teams:
Emma Clucas (St Margaret’s College)
Nat Vaughan (St Margaret’s College)
Sasha Cuthbert (Cashmere High School)
Samantha Crews (Villa Maria College)
Isabella Walsh (Villa Maria College)
Matthew Moore (Christ’s College)

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Reserve to the Canterbury Teams:

Harrison Smith (St Andrew’s College)

Highly Commended:
Rebecca Lilley (St Margaret’s College)
Annemieke Krijgsman (Marian College)
Zach Withers (Burnside High School)

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Applications open to adjudicate the 2015 National Finals

The New Zealand Schools Debating Council has now opened applications for the following positions for the 2015 National Finals of the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships:

  • Chief Adjudicator of the National Finals (1)
  • Adjudicators of the National Finals (no set number)
  • Motions Committee for the National Finals (no set number)

Below you will find role descriptions for each of the above three positions. To apply, please send a short debating and/or adjudication CV to the Vice President of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council ([email protected]) by 5pm on Thursday April 16. Appointments will be made sometime the following week. Please pass this message on to all who might be interested.

Chief Adjudicator

The Chief Adjudicator heads the Motions Committee for Nationals (explained below). They also advise the Council on the appointment of adjudicators for Nationals. During the weekend the Chief Adjudicator is responsible for the allocation of adjudicators to debates (preliminary rounds, semi-finals and Grand Final) and the running of the draw. The Chief Adjudicator is also head of the panel which selects the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team.

The Chief Adjudicator obviously must be available to be at Nationals in Wellington from 22 to 25 May. The Council will meet the flight and accommodation costs of the Chief Adjudicator should they hail from outside Wellington.

Adjudicators

We are also looking for adjudicators for Nationals.

If you:

  •  are experienced at judging schools’ debates;
  • can deliver articulate oral adjudications;
  • command respect as an adjudicator; and
  • are available to be in Wellington from Friday 22 – Monday 25 May;

Then we’d love to hear from you.

Judges from outside of Wellington will have their flight and accommodation costs covered by the Council.

Motions Committee

The Motions Committee consists of the Chief Adjudicator and up to 4 individuals. The Committee decides all the motions used at Nationals.

To apply for any or all of the above positions, please send a short debating and/or adjudication CV to the Vice President of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council ([email protected]) by 5pm on Thursday April 16. Appointments will be made sometime the following week.

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Opening of Applications for NZ Adjudicators at WSDC, Thailand

The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council will be sending a team to WSDC in Thailand between 5-15 August 2014. The Council is looking for suitably qualified adjudicators from New Zealand to attend the tournament for its duration. This is a great opportunity for up and coming adjudicators / coaches around the country to get some international judging experience!

To support the attendance of NZ adjudicators at the tournament the Council is opening applications for up to 4 subsidized adjudicators. The Council will be subsidizing each adjudicator NZD$1000. This means that the balance of the costs adjudicators will need to meet is approximately  NZD$1,300 – $1,500 (based on the current costs of flights to Bangkok). The subsidy will include the registration for each adjudicator (which covers accommodation, transportation, attendance at Worlds social events and most meals).

Adjudicators need to have experience at judging debates in the WSDC-style (the same style used at our national and regional competitions), command respect as an adjudicator, and be able to deliver adjudications in front of large school audiences. Adjudicators will also be expected to play a role supporting the NZ contingent at Worlds. Any applicants who, in the view of the Council, do not meet those requirements may not be selected as a representative NZ adjudicator eligible for the subsidy.

Please submit your expression of interest to the President of the Council ([email protected]) by 5pm on 27 June 2014. If required, the Council may then request a debating/adjudicating CV and referees.  The Council will advise successful applicants of a result by 30 June 2014.

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Wellington retains NZ Schools’ Debating Champs

Wellington has retained the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships, winning the Grand Final yesterday against Auckland in a 6-1 decision.

The Wellington Black team comprised Liam Dennis (Hutt International Boys’ School), Georgia Bloor-Wilson (Wellington Girls’ College), and Peter McKenzie (Scots College). They were coached by Nick Gavey and Richard D’Ath.

The Auckland Blue team comprised Hannah Schubert Jones (Diocesan School for Girls), Harrison Fookes (Sacred Heart College) and Arunabh Prakash (St Kentigern College). They were coached by Paul Smith and Lucy Harrison.

The New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team, to compete at the World Champs in August in Thailand is: Liam Dennis (Captain, Hutt International Boys’ School), Lucy Ellingham (Kerikeri High School), Georgina Lomax-Sawyers (Buller High School), Harrison Fookes (Sacred Heart College) and Arunabh Prakash (St Kentigern College)

The best speaker of the competition was Lucy Ellingham from Kerikeri High School. The captain of the NZ Team is Liam Dennis.

Full report to come.

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Opening of Applications for Official Positions at Nationals

The New Zealand Schools Debating Council has now opened applications for the following positions for the 2014 National Finals of the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships:

  • Chief Adjudicator of the National Finals (1)
  • Adjudicators of the National Finals (no set number)
  • Motions Committee for the National Finals (3)

Below you will find role descriptions for each of the above three positions.

To apply, please send a short debating and/or adjudication CV to the President of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council ([email protected]) by 5pm on Tuesday April 15. Appointments will be made sometime the following week.

Please pass this message on to all who might be interested.

Chief Adjudicator

The Chief Adjudicator heads the Motions Committee for Nationals (explained below). They also advise the Council on the appointment of adjudicators for Nationals. During the weekend the Chief Adjudicator is responsible for the allocation of adjudicators to debates (preliminary rounds, semi-finals and Grand Final) and the running of the draw. The Chief Adjudicator is also head of the panel which selects the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team.

The Chief Adjudicator obviously must be available to be at Nationals in Wellington from 23 to 26 May. The Council will meet the flight and accommodation costs of the Chief Adjudicator should they hail from outside Wellington.

Adjudicators

We are also looking for adjudicators for Nationals. If you:

  • are experienced at judging schools’ debates;
  • can deliver articulate oral adjudications;
  • command respect as an adjudicator; and
  • are available to be in Wellington from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August;

Then we’d love to hear from you. Judges from outside of Wellington will have their flight and accommodation costs covered by the Council.

Motions Committee

The Motions Committee consists of the Chief Adjudicator and two other persons. The Committee decides all the motions used at Nationals.

To apply for any or all of the above positions, please send a short debating and/or adjudication CV to the President of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council ([email protected]) by 5pm on Tuesday April 15. Appointments will be made sometime the following week.

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Freyberg High win first regional title

The final regional competition for 2014 took place over the weekend. Freyberg High School won their first ever CNI Regionals title, defeating defending champion Wanganui High School by 2-1 in the Grand Final. Megan Chamberlain from Freyberg was the best speaker of the tournament.

CNI Regionals 2014

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Auckland and Hawke’s Bay Regionals

Two more regional competitions in the weekend just gone.

In Auckland, 30 teams competed over the weekend before Auckland Grammar faced off against St Kentigern College in the final, with the latter emerging victorious. Harrison Fookes from Sacred Heart College was the best speaker, winning the Convenor’s Cup.

In Hawke’s Bay, Karamu High defeated Napier Boys’, winning the Bioethics Council trophy.

The final regional tournament is Central North Island, this weekend.

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Results from Wellington, Canterbury and Otago

It was a big debating weekend around the country as the Wellington, Canterbury and Otago/Southland Championships were all held simultaneously.

In Wellington, a record 28 teams competed in the tournament. Wellington Girls’ College took out their first title since 1998, defeating Hutt Valley High School, winning the Wellington Speaking Union Cup. Ned Grenfell from Hutt Valley High School was the best speaker.

In Canterbury, Christ’s College won the Press Cup, defeating Burnside High School in the Final. Vincent Curd from Christ’s was the best speaker, winning the Canterbury Speaking Union Trophy.

In Otago/Southland, James Hargest High School from Invercargill won their first title since 2007, defeating Logan Park High School. Nick Robertson from John McGlashan College was the best speaker, winning the Rachel Carrell Cup.

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