This year, 12 elite schools enrolled in this competition including Diocesan Boys’, Diocesan Girls’, Heep Yunn, Marymount, St. Joseph’s, St. Stephen’s, Canadian International, Choi Kai Yau Primary School and others. We competed against the Raimondi Primary School in the first round and the motion was “Competition is not necessary in the learning process.” We were on the negative side and our team won with 228 - 237. The adjudicator was impressed with our solid team line and powerful rebuttal.
We were against Diocesan Boys’ at the second round and the competition was fierce. The motion was “Homework should be prohibited during school holidays” and we were on the affirmative side. Both teams were strong in their argument and demonstrated excellent speaking skills. In the end, the match was a really close-call but our team managed to secure another win with only a one-mark difference, i.e., 229 – 228.
The whole team was thrilled when they found out that they had made it to the final match. Ying Wa faced Marymount Primary School and we were debating for the negative side of the motion “Competition is not necessary in the learning process.” Beyond any doubt, both teams performed their best and all three adjudicators were pleasantly surprised with the high quality of the match and said that the performance was of professional level. After a long deliberation, the judges gave the crown to Marymount but Vincent Song (6C) was voted to be the “Most Favourite Debater” in the competition. Ying Wa took home the second place and all team members were happy with the results and agreed that it was a wonderful experience.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the team members who have contributed to the preparation of the match. I hope that all of you have benefitted from our daily practice and mock debates. I would also like to thank all the parents who came to support the boys and help with the logistics. I hope all of you have enjoyed the competitions. Good luck to all the team members this year and I wish you can keep up the passion and pursue in debating!
Mr. Dennis Tam
Debate team coach