Adjudicator and Coaching Workshops

Hi all,

This year’s adjudicator and coaching workshops for teachers and senior students will be held on Tuesday 28th Feb (adjudication) and Tuesday 6th March (coaching). Both will be held at 6pm at Turnbull House, opposite Parliament on Bowen Street.

Hope to see many of you there!


WSU Entries 2012

Hi all,

Welcome to school debating with the Wellington Speaking Union for 2012. All schools have been emailed a welcome letter which outlines how to sign up for grades this year. You can also download that below. Entries are due by Friday 17th February and are filled out at

WSU Invitation Letter 2012


Sebastian Templeton
WSU President
Intercollegiate Coordinator 2012

Premier A Grand Final

The Premier A Grand Final will be held between St Mary’s College (affirming) and Wellington College (negating). The final will be held at 6:45 on Monday 19th September at Turnbull House, opposite Parliament.

The topic for the Grand Final is:

This House would prohibit price gouging after natural disasters

URGENT: Prem A Quarters Postponed

Hi all,

I have been contacted by a number of schools who are closed today and can’t make it tonight due to the weather and dangers of being stranded in the city. On top of that the weather forecast for this evening looks particularly bad and people are being warned to stay off the roads if they can – especially those coming in and out of the city.

As such we’ll be postponing the quarter-finals until next Tuesday 23rd August, still being held at St Mary’s College. I understand that this clashes with Premier B but there isn’t much other option, and that shouldn’t be too big an issue for people. However if you cannot make that date please let me know urgently and we can try to arrange an alternative time. However please make all efforts to have your teams available for that date.

The semi-finals will proceed as originally scheduled, on the 30th August. They are limited preparation so the postponement of tonight’s round won’t affect those.

Let me know if there are any issues, and good luck through the weather!


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Premier A Quarter-Finals

Congratulations to the 8 teams going through to the quarter-finals. Those teams in order are:

1. St Mary’s – 5 wins
2. Scots – 4 wins
3. Coll – 4 wins
4. QMC – 4 wins
5. Tawa – 3 wins
6. HVHS – 3 wins
7. St Cath’s – 3 wins
8. Marsden – 3 wins

Commiserations├é┬áto the remaining teams on three wins – Heretaunga and HIBS. Heretaunga ended with too few win points. HIBS ended with the same number of win points as Marsden, but Marsden go through based on who beat whom as they won against HIBS in the third round.

The draw now folds, with the top seeded team seeing the bottom, and so on. So the draw for the quarter finals, with affirmative teams on the left, is:
St Mary’s v Marsden
St Cath’s v Scots
Coll v HVHS
QMC v Tawa

The quarter-finals will be on Tuesday 19th August. The prepared topic will be announced by Monday 11th July.

Premier A Round 5

This coming Tuesday 21st June is the final preliminary round for Premier A this year. After that the top eight teams go through to the quarter-finals.

Wellington College has the bye this round but if there is a default you will be contacted to see if you can debate.

The leaderboard after four rounds has been updated under the Premier A tab on the right of this page.

7/6: Premier A Round 4

Premier A round 4 is being hosted at Wellington East Girls’ College. The round is on Tuesday 7th June. Be there at the normal 6:30pm when the prep time will begin.

The team with a bye this round is Tawa College.

Premier A Round 1

Round 1 of Senior Premier A for 2011 is on Tuesday 15th March at 6:30pm at Queen Margaret’s College. You should have been emailed the topic and draw, otherwise you can download it from a few posts below.

Sacred Heart Win Senior Premier A

For the first time in their history, Sacred Heart College has won the Henning Cup for Wellington’s top school debating grade. The team of Wendy Zhu, Natasha Henden, Laura Kelly and Lorietta Bahr beat Scots College 2-1 in a rematch between the Grand Finalists of the Wellington Regional Schools’ Debating Championships earlier this year.

Sacred Heart successfully affirmed the motion “This House supports a 90 day probationary period for new employees.” Natasha Henden was awarded the Suffrage Cup for the best speaker in the Grand Final, awarded by the Hutt Valley Branch of the National Council for Women.

The runners-up Scots College team consisted of Henry Hillind, Aaron Rama and James Gavey. Scots were the defending champions of the grade, and Henry and James were members of last year’s winning team.

Adjudicating the debate was Wellington Speaking Union President Stephen Whittington, joined by New Zealand Schools Debating Team coach Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna and Wellington debating’s top billed adjudicator Ihaia Tichborne. The debate was chaired by the Premier A Convenor Sebastian Templeton.

Snr Prem A Semi-Finals

Congratulations to the final four teams in the Premier A grade for making it through to the semi-finals. Semi-finals are hosted by the school in each matchup who ended the highest in the rounds.

The semi-finals are on Tuesday 7 September and are limited preparation, with topics being announced at 6:30pm and the debates themselves beginning at 7pm.

The semi-finals are:

St Pats Silverstream (4) v Scots College (8) – hosted by Silverstream
Samuel Marsden (6) v Sacred Heart (7) – hosted by Marsden

Stream will affirm and Scots negate, as Scots have had 2 negs and 4 affs so far.
Marsden and Sacred Heart will have sides determined by coin toss on the night.