Impromptu Cup 2014

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup for senior and junior students was held on Sunday 15 June at Wellington Girls’ College. It was a great day of debating.

Twelve teams entered the Senior section – the largest number that has ever entered the competition. After four rounds of debating, the Grand Final featured Hutt Valley High School against Hutt International Boys School. Eventually HVHS were the winners in an unanimous decision, after successfully negating the motion This house would ban negative advertisements in political campaigns.

Congrats to Ned Grenfell and Austin Sutherland who win the IMPS Trophy, and commiserations to Liam Denis and Alisdair Armstrong.

Nine teams entered Junior section. The Grand Final was between Wellington College and St Mary’s, with Wellington College eventually prevailing after affirming This house would legalise voluntary euthanasia.

Congrats to Andy and Michael and who win the Evening Post Cup.

Congratulations to Liam Denis from HIBS, who was best speaker for the tournament, and to Andy from Wellington College who was best speaker in the Junior grade.

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

Impromptu Cup 2013

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup for senior and junior students was held on Sunday 15 September at Wellington Girls’ College. It was a great day of debating.

Ten teams entered the senior section. After three rounds of debating followed by semi-finals, the Grand Final featured Wellington College  against Hutt International Boys School. Eventually HIBS were the winners in 2-1 split decision, after successfully negating the motion “this house would tie a politician’s salary to the average national income”.

Congrats to Liam Dennis and Alisdair Armstong who win the IMPS Trophy, and commiserations to Jack Garden and Barnaby McIntosh.

Tens teams entered the junior section. The Grand Final was between Wellington High School and a Scots College composite team, with Wellington High School eventually prevailing after affirming “this house would legalise voluntary euthanasia”.

Congrats to Shakked Noy and who win the Evening Post Cup – the second year in a row this has been won by High.

Congratulations to Jack Garden, who was best speaker for the tournament, and to Shakked Noy who was best speaker in the Junior grade. Congratulations, too, to Peter from Scots College for winning a Promising Speaker award.

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

Intercollegiate Debating – Full List of Results for 2010

Here is a full list of the results in intercollegiate debating and public speaking events this year.

Premier A Grade for the Henning Cup

  • Winners: Sacred Heart College
  • Runners-Up: Scots College

Premier B Grade for the Fred McComish Trophy

  • Winners: Chilton St James School
  • Runners-Up: Tawa College

Senior Certificate Grade for the Rennie Cup

  • Winners: Wellington East Girls’ College
  • Runners-Up: Wellington Girls’ College

Junior Premier Grade for the WGT Wiggs Cup

  • Winners: Sacred Heart College
  • Runners-Up: Hutt International Boys’ School

Junior Certificate Grade for the Wellington Speaking Union Cup

  • Winners: Paraparaumu College
  • Runners-Up: St Patrick’s College, Wellington

Impromptu Cup for the IMPS Trophy and The Evening Post Cup

  • Senior: Wellington College
  • Junior: Wellington College

Stockley Cup / Dunsheath Plate for Public Speaking

  •  Senior: Duncan McLachlan (Wellington College)
  • Junior: Daniel Gendall (Wellington College)

Congratulations to all of the above schools and individuals!

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.

Marsden retain the Impromptu Cup; Scots win the Junior section

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup for senior and junior students was held yesterday at Wellington Girls’ College.

Twelve teams entered the senior section. After four rounds, the semi-finalists were Chilton St James School, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington East Girls’ College, and Scots College. In the semi-finals, Scots defeated Chilton and Marsden defeated Wellington East.

Ultimately in the Grand Final, Samuel Marsden were the winners in a 2-1 split decision, after successfully affirming the motion “This House would ban private gun ownership”. Congrats to Maria English and Dipti Manchanda, who defended the title they won last year, and retained the IMPS Trophy for another year. Commiserations to the Scots team of Nick Cross and James Gavey.

There were thirteen entries in the junior section. The semi-finalists were Scots College, St Mary’s College, Wellington East Girls’ College, and Tawa College. In the semis, Scots defeated Tawa and Wellington East defeated St Mary’s.

In the Grand Final, Scots were deserving winners in a unanimous decision, after affirming the motion “That we should embrace genetic engineering”. Congrats to Ben Guerin and Josh Ramsay who won the Evening Post Cup, and commiserations to Yvette Coyle and Ziming Liu.

Thanks to Clodagh O”Connor-McKenna who convened the senior competition, Udayan Mukherjee who handled the juniors, all the Victoria University of Wellington Debating Society adjudicators, and Wellington Girls’ for hosting.

Marsden and Wellington College win Impromptu Cup

Samuel Marsden and Wellington College have both defended their titles at the WSU Impromptu Cup tournament, held at Queen Margaret College today.

In the senior section, Samuel Marsden (Maria English and Dipti Manchanda) beat Sacred Heart College (Holly Jenkins and Laura ?) in the Grand Final on the motion “This House would vote National”, taking home the IMPS Trophy for the second year in a row. Scots College and Queen Margaret College were the beaten semi-finalists.

In the junior section, Wellington College 1 (Nick Fenton and Rayhan Landana) and 2 (Josh Brian and Paul Turner) squared off in the final, ensuring that College retained the Evening Post Cup it won last year.  Wellington College 2 prevailed in a 4-1 decision on the motion “This House believes unhealthy foods should be banned from school canteens”.

Congratulations to both teams. Thanks to Stephen Whittington and Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna for running the two grades and organising adjudicators, and to Queen Margaret College for hosting the day.

Photos will be posted here shortly.

Impromptu Cup tomorrow!

The Wellington Speaking Union Impromptu Cup tournament is tomorrow at Queen Margaret College. Twelve senior teams and five junior teams from around the Wellington region are competing. Results and photos will be posted here once the tournament is over.