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Debate Club


About Debate Club

Debate Club is aimed at students with a flair for speaking and interest in exchanging ideas on a wide-range of topical and social issues. The CCA sessions are on Tuesdays, from 2.00 – 3.30pm. Activities are conducted in the IT Resource Room within the school.

Experiences

Training sessions are conducted in a small-group setting.

These sessions aim to:

• Enhance students’ ability to form and voice opinions

• Develop an interest in exploring topical issues from different points of view

• Build style and confidence in public speaking and their ability to engage and persuade an audience

• Learn to structure individual arguments and a persuasive team debate case

• Learn to respond to and rebut opposing arguments presented in a debate

• Develop their ability to deliver well prepared speeches as well as to think on their feet and respond to unexpected arguments

Members get the opportunity to go for learning journeys, national competitions and debate tournaments during the year.

Developing our students

During CCA sessions, members are given opportunities to expand thinking, to speak confidently on a wide-range of topical and social issues, and to persuade an audience with creative, well-structured arguments. The debate process allows students to analyze the similarities and differences in their views in a respectful manner. Members also learn to listen to the views of others and develop their ability to reason, persuade, and think critically over different topics.

Sessions also include exercises to develop voice projection, clear articulation and pronunciation, impromptu speaking, ability to think on your feet, and teamwork. Students build skills to become familiar and confident with argumentation skills and preparing for debate competitions towards at the beginning and middle parts of the year.

Achievements

Primary School Debate Open 2017 (Division 1) – Champions

Wits and Words National Debate Competition 2016 (Division 2) – Champions

Top Debating School (Division 2) 2016

Growing hearts and minds

Activities conducted during the CCA sessions are geared towards character building and inculcating the values of respect, empathy, resilience and team spirit.

Teamwork forms an integral part of the CCA as members find meaning through interactions with the other members and their interdependence on each other to achieve a consistent case throughout the debate.

During debriefing time conducted at the end of each activity or CCA session, members are given the opportunity to discuss issues that arise during the activities. Problem-solving, teamwork, strategy and resilience are examples of potential debrief focuses.

Empowering leaders and talents

Debate leaders are empowered to lead the team in selected activities and competitions. This provides them with the opportunity to hone their leadership skills.

CCA Teachers

Mrs Juliana Ng

Miss Parameswari