The Awards Presentation Ceremony for the 16-17 HKSSDC Primary Section Grand Finals at the Hong Kong Book Fair at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on 24 July 2017
Live demonstration debate at new coaches and teams workshop for 260 participants at Diocesan Girls' School on 23 September 2016
Students brainstorming arguments for and against banning corporal punishment at the HKSSDC Debating Workshop at Wah Yan College Kowloon on 26 February 2016
HKSSDC Debating for Primary Schools
If you're in a Hong Kong primary school, it's now much easier to join a debating competition to build up debating skills and general knowledge before students reach secondary level.
As with secondary, teams are matched according to locality, ability, age, and experience.
To help get new coaches and students familiar with the format, there are well-attended workshops for teachers and students such as those shown in the pictures above at Wah Yan College Kowloon on Friday 23 September 2016 (top picture). The workshop, run by Winky Lo of Wah Yan College Kowloon, Joan Cho of Diocesan Girls' School, and Jessica Wong from Carmel Secondary School, featured a live debate on the motion that corporal punishment should be banned with adjudication feedback and Q&A.
HKSSDC Primary Debating has three rounds each year and all teams winning at least two of the rounds qualify for the Grand Finals held in late June. Teams in the Grand Finals are awarded a trophy for either Champion or 1st Runner-up. There is also a trophy for best speaker at each Grand Final debate.
Each primary school can have up to two teams and coaches can schedule debates by the deadlines on days to suit themselves to avoid busy times in their school calendars.
The round completion deadlines in the Primary Section for 2017-2018 are:
Round 1: 10 November 2017
Round 2: 9 March 2018
Round 3: 27 April 2018
Grand Finals: Late June 2018
Workshops are on 22 September, 3 November, 2017 and 2 February and 10 February 2018.
There's also a special morning debating tournament for primary teams at the primary school hosting the 10 February workshop, which parents and teachers can also join.
Team entry and workshops are free.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got inquiries or if you're interested in having a team or two in HKSSDC's 2017-2018 Primary Section, starting in September 2017.