Wellington College win Impromptu Cup 2010

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup for senior and junior students was held on Saturday 16 October at Wellington College. It was a great day of debating, despite fewer teams in the competition than normal.

Eight teams entered the senior section. After three rounds of debating followed by semi-finals, the Grand Final featured Wellington College 1 against Wellington College 1. Eventually Wellington College 1 were the winners in an unanimous decision, after successfully negating the motion “That we should make voting compulsory”.

Congrats to Duncan McLachlan and Marcus Playle who win the IMPS Trophy, and commiserations to Rayhan Langdana and Tom Mitchell.

Four teams entered the junior section. The Grand Final was between Wellington College and Sacred Heart College, with Wellington College eventually prevailing after affirming “That it should be compulsory to learn Maori at secondary school”.

Congrats to Luke and Jack who win the Evening Post Cup.

Thanks to all those who judged during the tournament, and to Wellington College for hosting.

Stockley Cup 2010

The Stockley Cup Public Speaking competition was held on Wednesday 20 October at Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, with six speakers competing in the junior section for the Dunsheath Plate, and seven speakers in the senior section for the Stockley Cup.

The range of speech topics varied from racism, domestic abuse, mothers, war crimes, and a spirited defence of Victorian values. The judges (Christopher Bishop, Sarah Wilson, and Daniel Wilson) were very impressed by the quality of all the competitors’ speeches.


3rd place: Juliet Bergin (St Mary’s College) – “Still Points in a Turning World”
2nd place: Harriet Willis (Sacred Heart College) – “Mothers”
1st place: Daniel Gendall (Wellington College) – “Prejudice and Pride”


3rd place: Mia Alejandro (St Catherine’s College) – “Hope”
2nd place: Michael Howard (Newlands College) – “Victorian Values”
1st place: Duncan McLachlan (Wellington College) – “Truth Seekers”

Photos will be posted soon.

Junior Certificate Finalists announced

In the Junior Certificate semi-finals last night, Paraparaumu College 1 defeated HIBS 2 and St Pats Town 1 defeated Newlands College.

The final between the two teams will be held on Wednesday 3 November.

Topic: That access to the internet is a human right

St Pats Town 1 will affirm and Paraparaumu College 1 will negate.

Venue to be advised.

Vic Shield 2010

The Victoria Shield (formerly known as Management Cup) impromptu debating tournament was held at Victoria University last night, with eleven teams entering.

The winners of the competition were Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna and Paul Smith, who defeated Ihaia Tichborne and Peter McCaffrey in the Grand Final, affirming the topic “That there should be a minimum price on alcohol”.

Beaten semi-finalists were Seb Templeton, Richard D’Ath, Christopher Bishop and Asher Emanuel.

Thanks to Stephen Whittington for organising the night, and also to the adjudicators for their time.

Junior Premier Grand Final

The Junior Premier Grade Grand Final will be held on October 27, with Sacred Heart College affiming and Hutt International Boys’ School negating.

The topic is: “That we should ban private healthcare”.

Debate will be held at Turnbull House, Wellington, at 7pm, followed by a light supper.

Congrats to Sacred Heart and HIBS for making it this far, and commiserations to the beaten semi-finalists, St Mary’s College and Samuel Marsden Collegiate.

Junior Certificate Quarter-final Results

Here are the results of the Junior Certificate quarter-finals. Winners in bold below.

The prepared topic was “That we should tax unhealthy foods”

Bishop Viard v Paraparaumu College 1
St Pats Town 1 v Sacred Heart College 3
HIBS 1 v Newlands College
Wellington Girls’ 3 v HIBS 2

The semi-final draw is below. Teams on the left will affirm the motion and host the debate.

Paraparaumu College 1 v HIBS 2
Newlands College v St Pats Town 1

The semis are on Wednesday 20 October. The prepared topic is “That New Zealand should become a state of Australia”

Wellington East win Senior Certificate Grade for 2010

Wellington East Girls’ College defeated Wellington Girls’ College in the Grand Final of the Senior Certificate Grade, held at HIBS tonight.

Wellington East successfully negated the topic “That sports teams should be punished for the behaviour of their fans”.

Congratulations to the team of Louisa Marschner, Yvette Coyle and Ziming Liu who won the Rennie Cup.

Commiserations to the the team of Krystal Gibbens, Elizabeth Murray and Lauren Yeo.

Junior Certificate Octo-final results and Quarter-final Draw

Here are the results of the octo-finals (winners in bold)

Bishop Viard v Chilton
Sacred Heart College 3 v Raphael House
St Mary’s College 3 v HIBS 1
St Oran’s College 3 v HIBS 2
Tawa College 3 v Wellington Girls’ 3
Newlands College v Aotea College 1
Wellington Girls’ 5 v St Pats Town 1
Paraparaumu College 1 v St Pats Town 2

The quarter-final draw is as follows (affirming teams and host schools on the left):

Bishop Viard v Paraparaumu College 1
St Pats Town 1 v Sacred Heart College 3
HIBS 1 v Newlands College
Wellington Girls’ 3 v HIBS 2

Senior Certificate Grand Final

The Grand Final of the Senior Certficate Grade will take place on Wednesday 16 September at Hutt International Boys’ School at 7pm.

The finalist teams are:

Wellington Girls’ College 2 and Wellington East Girls’ College

The topic for the final is: That sports teams should be punished for the behaviour of their fans