Premier B Semi-final Results

Here are the results from the Premier B Grade semi-finals held last week. Winners in bold below. In brackets is where each team broke after the preliminary rounds.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School (1) v Tawa College (4)
Nga Tawa Diocesan School 1 (6) v Wellington College (2)

The Grand Final for the Fred McComish Trophy will be held on Thursday 24 September at Turnbull House at 7pm.

Samuel Marsden will affirm, and Nga Tawa will negate.

The prepared topic is:  This House believes that parents should have the right to smack their children

Good luck to both teams.

Victoria Shield 2009

The Victoria Shield is an impromptu debating competition open to anyone in Wellington. It is organised by the Wellington Speaking Union and has been run since 1969. For a list of past winners, see http://www.wsu.co.nz/v-shield/past-winners
 
The tournament is run in Easters style (teams of two, a coin toss to determine topic and sides and then 3 minutes to prepare). Speaking times are 4-6 minutes with 2-3 minute summaries.
 
This year the tournament will be held on Thursday 17 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.
 
To enter, please email [email protected] by Tuesday 15 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]

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.

Premier A Grade – Quarter-final results; Semi-finals Draw

Here are the results of the Senior Premier A quarter-finals, held tonight at Wellington College. Winning teams in bold.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School v St Patrick’s College, Silverstream
Scots College v Onslow College
Queen Margaret College v Wellington College
Hutt International Boys’ School v Chilton St James School

The semi-final debates will therefore be between Marsden and Chilton, and Scots and Wellington College.

Congrats to Wellington Regional Teams

A hearty congratulations to the two Wellington teams which competed in the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Champs over the weekend.

For the first time since 1996, it was a Wellington v Wellington final, after both teams defeated Auckland in the semi-finals.

Eventually, Wellington Black prevailed. Congrats to Carlos Bowkett (Wellington College), Maria English (Samuel Marsden Collegiate) and Jodie O’Neil (Chilton St James School).

Commiserations to Wellington Gold – Nick Cross (Scots College), Julia Wells (Wellington East Girls’) and Jasmin Moran (Chilton St James).

The Wellington teams were coached by regular adjudicators in the WSU competitions – Polly Higbee and Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna coached Wellington Black and Kathy Scott-Dowell and Seb Templeton coached Wellington Gold.

Three Wellington debaters were named as members of the Russell McVeagh New Zealand Schools’ Debating Team – Maria English, Nick Cross, and Jasmin Moran. Jodie O’Neil received a highly commended award.

Maria was also named as the captain of the team and won the prize for the best speaker of the tournament – incredibly, for the third year in a row. She is the only person in the history of NZ schools’ debating to achieve this feat. Congratulations!

For more information, see www.debating.org.nz

Senior Certificate Quarter-final results; Semi-finals Draw

Here are the quarter-final results in Senior Certificate. Winners in bold.

Hutt International Boys’ School 1 v Wellington East Girls’ College 1
Wellington College 1 v Wellington College 3
Wellington College 2 v Tawa College [replacing Bishop Viard, who could not debate]
Hutt International Boys’ School 2 v Sacred Heart College

Teams on the left will affirm. Teams on the right will negate

The semi-finals draw is below. Affirmative teams on the left, negative on the right.

Wellington East Girls’ College 1 v Sacred Heart College
Tawa College 3 v Wellington College 1

The topic for the semi-finals is: This house supports child labour in the developing world

Premier B Grade – Quarter-final Results, Semis Draw

Here are the results from the Premier B Grade quarter-finals held on Tuesday 28 July. Winners in bold below. In brackets is where each team broke after the preliminary rounds.

Kapiti College (8) v Samuel Marsden Collegiate School (1)
Wellington Girls’ College (7) v Wellington College (2)
Scots College (3) v Nga Tawa Diocesan School 1 (6)
Tawa College (4) v Hutt International Boys’ School (5)

The semis draw is below. Affirming teams on the left.

Samuel Marsden Collegiate School (1) v Tawa College (4)
Nga Tawa Diocesan School 1 (6) v Wellington College (2)

The debates will be held on Tuesday 25 August at the respective affirmative schools.

The prepared topic is: This House would grant amnesty to dictators in exchange for a relinquishment of their power

Good luck to all teams.

Junior Premier Grade – Round Four Results

Here are the results from round four of the Junior Premier Grade – a limited preparation round – held on 24 June.

Queen Margaret College v St Catherine’s College
St Mary’s College v Wellington Girls’ College
St Patrick’s College, Wellington v Tawa College
Chilton St James School v Taita College
Hutt Valley High School v Onslow College
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
v Sacred Heart College
Scots College v Wellington College
St Bernard’s College v Hutt International Boys’ School
Wellington East Girls’ College
– BYE

Up to date points table:

Jnr Prem after four rounds

Junior Certificate Grade – Round Four Results

Here are the results from round four of the Junior Certificate grade – the limited preparation round.

Winners in bold below.

HUTT VALLEY POOL

Sacred Heart College 2 v St Oran’s College 1
St Patrick’s College, Silverstream 1 v Heretaunga College
St Patrick’s College, Silverstream 2 v St Oran’s College 2
Hutt International Boys’ School v Sacred Heart College 3
Hutt Valley High School 2 v St Bernard’s College
Sacred Heart College 1
v Hutt Valley High School 1
Chilton St James School v Upper Hutt College

WELLINGTON POOL

Samuel Marsden Collegiate 1  v Wellington Girls’ College 2
Wellington East Girls’ College 1  v Samuel Marsden Collegiate 2
Queen Margaret College 2
  v St Mary’s College 3
Scots College  v Wellington East Girls’ College 2
St Patrick’s College, Wellington 2  v Queen Margaret College 1
Wellington High School 1 v Wellington Girls’ College 1
Wellington College 1
  v St Catherine’s College
Wellington College 2 v Wellington High School 2
St Patrick’s College, Wellington 1 v St Mary’s College 1

NORTHERN POOL

Tawa College 2 v Newlands College 2
Porirua College 1 v Paraparaumu College 1
Porirua College 2 v Kapiti College 1
Onslow College 2 v Paraparaumu College 2
Tawa College 1 v Newlands College 1
St Mary’s College 2 – BYE

Premier B Grade – Round Five Results and Quarter-finalists

Here are the results from the last round of the Premier B Grade, held last Tuesday at Wellington College. Winners in bold below.

Paraparaumu College v Hutt Valley High School
Wellington College v St Orans College
St Mary’s College v Upper Hutt College
Nga Tawa Diocesan School 1 v Wellington East Girls’ College
St Bernard’s College v St Patrick’s College, Wellington
Chilton St James School v Onslow College
Heretaunga College v Wellington Girls’ College
Hutt International Boys’ School v Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Nga Tawa Diocesan School 2 v Tawa College
Wellington High School v Sacred Heart College
Kapiti College v Scots College

The full points table after five rounds can be found here.

The quarter-final draw is below:

Kapiti College v Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
Wellington Girls’ College v Wellington College
Scots College v Nga Tawa Diocesan School 1
Tawa College v Hutt International Boys’ School