The mailout to schools has the correct Secondary Sixes motion printed on page 3. Page 4 mistakenly has last year's motion. The correct motion is "That the mandatory retirement age in Hong Kong should be abolished".
Information has been mailed to Panel Chairs of Secondary Schools. For an electronic copy, please e-mail email@example.com.
Secondary Sixes registrations close at 4 p.m. September 11th. All other Divisions close at 4 p.m. September 19th. An information session followed by Secondary Sixes debates will be held at CityU on September 19th 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please note that there is a new Division for Form 3 EMI students and that the 17th Competition will run over 6 Rounds, finishing in mid-May.
Entry is free. The link for online registration is http://www.nesta.hk/debating-join.php
Round 1 Motions for the 17th Competition
Secondary Sixes: "That the mandatory retirement age in Hong Kong should be abolished"
Form 1&2: "That technology will eventually replace libraries"
Forms 3 to 6: "That the primary responsibility for teaching children to read lies in the home"
Division 1C (Form 5 CMI)
WINNER: St. Joseph's Anglo-Chinese School
1st Runner Up: St. Francis of Assisi's College
BEST SPEAKER: Chang Stephen Shau-yeu from St. Joseph's Anglo-Chinese School
2nd Runners Up: Kowloon Sam Yuk Secondary School, Clementi Secondary School and Helen Liang Memorial Secondary School
Division 1E (Form 5 EMI)
WINNER: David Li Kwok Po College
1st Runner Up: SKH Chan Young Secondary School
BEST SPEAKER: MCLEOD Wendy Finella Cabututan from David Li Kwok Po College
2nd Runners Up: Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School and TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College
Division 2C (Form 3&4 CMI)
WINNER: STFA Yung Yau College
1st Runner Up: Ning Po College
BEST SPEAKER: Lee Kwan Yuet, Karen from STFA Yung Yau College
2nd Runners Up: Buddhist Tai Kwong Chi Hong College and Workers' Children Secondary School
Division 2E (Form 3&4 EMI)
WINNER: Ho Fung College
1st Runner Up: Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School
BEST SPEAKER: Chang Yau Ming
2nd Runners Up: Sacred Heart Canossian College and Carmel Pak U Secondary School
Division 3C (Form 1& 2 CMI) Round Robin Competition
WINNER: Ning Po College
1st Runner Up: Notre Dame College
Division 3E (Form 1&2 EMI)
WINNER: Diocesan Girls' School
1st Runner Up: TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College
BEST SPEAKER: Amy Lee of TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College
2nd Runners Up: Carmel Secondary School and Sacred Heart Canossian College
Division 6C (Form 6 CMI)
WINNER: Buddhist Tai Kwong Chi Hong College
1st Runner Up: Ning Po College
BEST SPEAKER: Matthew Luk of Buddhist Tai Kwong Chi Hong College
Division 6E Day 1 Competition (Form 6 EMI)
WINNER: TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College
1st Runner Up: Sha Tin Methodist College
BEST SPEAKER: Kenneth Chan Chi Chin
Division 6E Day 2 Competition (Form 6 EMI)
WINNER: Tuen Mun Government Secondary School
BEST SPEAKER: Kelly Ann Skilton
4th NESTA Primary Debating Competition
WINNER: Hong Kong Taoist Association Wun Tsuen Primary School
1st Runner Up: Ying Wa Primary School
Debating is an essential tool to maintain many of our democratic values:
Debating provides a purposeful context in which language and cognitive skills can be extended.
Debating has become more and more popular in Hong Kong schools over recent years. But traditionally it has catered for top schools and Senior Students. Our Competition is split into age and language ability divisions to make debating accessible to a wide range of students. Our main concerned is with the process, constructive feedback and endowing students with useful life skills.
All teams can experience three debates before the "elimination" rounds begin.