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.

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.

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”

Victoria Shield

The Victoria Shield is an impromptu debating competition open to anyone in Wellington. It has been held annually since 1969. For a list of past winners, see here.

The tournament is run in Easters style (teams of two, a coin toss to determine topic and sides and then 5 minutes to prepare). Speaking times are 4-6 minutes with 2-3 minute summaries.

This year the tournament will be held on Thursday 29 September in the Student Union Building at Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn campus) from 6.30pm. It is a knock-out tournament, so once you lose, you are out. All the debates take place on the same evening. The winners receive, appropriately, the Victoria Shield, and prize money of $100.

To enter, please email [email protected] by Tuesday 27 September at 5pm. There is a team cap of 16. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. There is no cost to enter.

If you are interested in judging, please also email [email protected]

Junior Premier Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to the following teams for making it through to the Junior Premier semi-finals:

  • St Mary’s College
  • Sacred Heart College
  • Hutt International Boys’ School
  • Samuel Marsden Collegiate

The semi-finals are to be held on Wednesday 22 September, and St Mary’s and HIBS will be affirming “That we should farm endangered species.”


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 Premier B Final for 2010

The Grand Final of the Premier B grade will be held at Turnbull House on Bowen Street starting at 7pm on Monday 13 September. The finalists, who will compete for the Fred McComish Trophy, are Chilton Saint James School and Tawa College. The motion to be debated is “That the production, sale, and consumption of marijuana should be legal in New Zealand” with Chilton affirming and Tawa negating.

The Wellington Speaking Union invites any interested parties to come along and to watch the debate, which should be an excellent and topical conclusion to a high quality grade this year. The final results for the rest of the teams can be found on the Prem B page.

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