Overview

Host: South Island School
Date: 7th November 2015 and 21st Noveber 2015
Chief Adjdudicator: Mr. Holmes Chan
Deputy Chief Adjudicator: Mr. Shafee Mohammed and Ms. Yuet Ka Wong
Format: Modified WSDC whereby main speeches are 5 minutes long and reply speeches are 2.5 minutes.

Day 1 will feature 5 preliminary rounds in which all schools will debate all 5 rounds. The break announcement and prize presentation ceremony for Best New Team and Best Speaker will conclude Day 1. Day 2 will include the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the grand final.

Round 1 is an impromptu debate, with 45-minute preparation time. Rounds 2 and 3 are prepared rounds, where teams will know their match up and sides in advance. Teams are expected to prepare one side of the debate only. Rounds 4 and 5 are semi-prepared motions, where teams will only know their match up and sides 20 minutes before the debate. Teams are expected to prepare both sides of the debate. Round 5 is a silent round.

The changes above are initiated to accommodate two needs raised by colleagues and coaches: 1st, to give debaters from all schools more exposure in WSDC style of debating; 2nd, to recognize teams for their excellence. While we understand that no system could be perfect, the tournament organizing committee is working towards addressing the varying needs from all HKSDPSC participating schools. Please continue to give us feedback and suggestions. They are invaluable.

Schedule

08:00-08:15: Registration of teams
08:15-08:30: Briefing
08:30-09:20: Preparation for round 1 debate (Impromptu) / Briefing for adjudicators’
09:30-10:25: Round 1 debate (Impromptu)
10:30-11:25: Round 2 debate (Prepared)
11:25-11:40: Break
11:45-12:40: Round 3 debate (Prepared)
12:40-13:30: Lunch*
13:30-13:50: Preparation for round 4 debate (Semi-prepared)
13:55-14:50: Round 4 debate (Semi-prepared)
15:00-15:20: Preparation for round 5 debate (Semi-prepared)
15:25-16:20: Round 5 debate (Semi-prepared)
16:20-17:00: Break
17:00-17:30: Announcement of breaking teams, best speakers and best new team

*No lunch will be provided for debaters, coaches or teachers. Light refreshments and bottled water will be provided for all adjudicators.

The cafeteria and canteen at SIS will NOT be opened. There are no restaurants/fast food stores/convenience stores nearby. Debaters are gently reminded to bring their own lunch and snacks. Most important of all, they need to make sure they will have enough water.

Motions

All motions are independently formulated by our motions committee, comprising Mr. Brian Wong, Mr. Paul Lau, Ms. Nicole Liu, Ms. Jee Soo Lee and Mr. Cheng Kwok Hung. All motions will be checked by a team of WSDC-level coaches, and approved by Ms. Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed.

Round 2 (prepared) – THW make public denial of the existence of Climate Change a criminal offense.
Round 3 (prepared) – THBT history curricula in public schools should prioritize local history over international history.
Round 4 (semi-prepared) – THW ban movies that rely upon racial stereotypes in storytelling.
Round 5 (semi-prepared) – TH supports the practice of trophy hunting in economically impoverished areas.

Draw

See Draw Explanation below in regards swing teams

Round 2 Round 3
Proposition Opposition Proposition Opposition
Swing RCHK RCHK IS
GSIS CSS CSS LSC
IS SPCC SPCC SPCS
Swing MSS MSS HKIS
KC CIS CIS Swing
TLMSHK SPC SPC STC
ICS WYK WYK TLMSHK
WIS QC QC KC
HKIS SJC SJC WIS
MCS SIS SIS GSIS
SPCS HYS HYS DBS
STC STFAYYC STFAYYC MCS
DBS CKY CKY KSLO
KSLO QES QES ICS
LSC GHS GHS Swing

Draw Explanation

Swing Team: Australian International School (AISHK) and Tak Nga Secondary School (TNSS) withdrew their teams earlier this week. Two swing teams have been formed to fill their slots in the preliminary rounds. The swing teams will be categorized as non-breaking teams, which are not entitled to any awards. Debaters in the two swing teams come from Diocesan Girls’ School.

The draw for Round 2 and Round 3 are above. Draws for rounds 1, 4 and 5 will be released on the day of the tournament.

No team is ranked or power-paired. The randomization process adopted is the exact same method that was used in the most recent Senior HKSDPSC tournament.

Over the course of the 5 rounds, each team will debate on both sides for at least 2 times.

Technically, when the round 4 match-ups are released after lunch, if a team knows that they will have done a side for three times (for example, propped or opped for three times), then they will also know which side they are on in round 5. Still, they won’t know who they are up against for round 5 until they get back to the lecture theatre / main hall. This is the only issue that we have encountered in finalizing the draws. Alternatively, if we completely randomize the draws, then some teams might have to debate from one side of the house for 4 times, which is definitely not ideal.

If you have no idea what the last paragraph means, just ignore it. They are technical details to ensure students will get the best experience out of the tournament.