Secondary teams in the finals of the 2015-2016 Term 1 Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition are now preparing for their debates, to be completed by the deadline of 4 December.
For primary, there are only two rounds in Term 1, ahead of the Term 2 Competition, which has two preliminary rounds and finals for those teams which win both preliminary rounds.
HKSSDC was set up with 58 teams in Term 1 of the 2012-2013 academic year. Since then, the number of teams has grown to over 200 in the current Term 1 Competition. Applications are now being taken for new teams wishing to enter the 2015-2016 Term 2 Competition, starting in late January.
For secondary, HKSS Debating aims to give students the necessary experience to contribute more in NSS Debating module lessons and give better responses to related DSE examination questions. Planning for and competing in debates along with taking part in HKSSDC workshops helps get students' confidence and skills up quickly.
HKSS Debating also aims to develop students' critical thinking and broaden their exposure through debating in English. By doing this, students gain a deeper understanding of important local and regional issues and are better able to discuss them in an international forum.
For primary, HKSS Debating aims to give students more exposure in using English to argue for or against common motions encountered in daily life at home and at school. HKSS Debating also helps to give primary students an advantage when applying for secondary schools by equipping them with more flexible English usage skills, which only a few have by the time they reach P.6.
Each team gets at least two debates each term. Those teams which win both rounds go into the regional and levels finals for that term. There are usually more than 3 weeks to prepare for each round so the workload commitment is relatively light. The timing flexibility also allows teams to schedule the actual debates themselves by the round completion deadline to avoid some of the busy times in the school calendar.
If you have any questions about the Competition or would like to make inquiries about workshops or about entering a team in the 2015-2016 Term 2 Competition, please contact the Competition Coordinator, Stan Dyer on firstname.lastname@example.org.