Junior Certificate Grade 2017

Welcome to the Wellington Junior Certificate Debating Grade

My name is Nicola McFaull and I am the  grade’s convenor.    You can reach me by email at [email protected] and by cell on 0274 511 366.


Junior Certificate Topics and Dates 2016 
Round One Wed 4 March Full Preparation That New Zealand should change the flag.
Round Two Wed 25 March Full Preparation That we rely too much on social media
Round Three Wed 6 May Limited  Preparation Topic to be announced on the day
Round Four Wed 27 May Impromptu Topic to be announced on the day
Round Five Wed 17 June Limited  Preparation Topic to be announced on the day
The topics for the break rounds shall be announced at a later date, but the dates on which the debates take place are below.
Octo-finals Wed 5 August Limited Preparation Topic to be announced on the day
Qtr Finals Wed 26 August Full preparation That New Zealand should take more refugees
Semi Finals Wed 16 September Full preparation That we should fine people who do not recycle
Grand Finals Wed 23 September Full Preparation Governments should not fund high performance sport.



Premier A Champions are St Patrick’s College, Kilbirnie

Congratulations to St Patrick’s College on winning Premier A for 2013. This is the first time that St Patrick’s has won Premier A since 2000, and their success is testament to years of hard work by the team and their supporters.

The debate was of the highest quality, and enjoyed by adjudicators and audience alike. Thanks to all those who attended – the final continues to grow in popularity, and this keenness for debating in Wellington is truly what fosters the success of the region.

Congratulations to Wellington Girls’ College for making the final. A final congratulations to Conor English for winning the Suffrage Cup for the Best Speaker in the Grand Final.

Thanks to all the adjudicators, coaches, convenors, and teams for what has been another great year of Premier A Debating.


Premier A Grand Final

Congratulations to Wellington Girls’ College and St Patrick’s College Kilbirnie for making the Grand Final​​ of Premier A for 2014. 
The Grand Final will be held on Tuesday 2 September, in the Theatrette of ParliamentThe debate will start at 7pm sharp, with doors open from 6.30pm.
The motion for the Grand Final is: This house supports the partition of Iraq into 3 states for the Kurdish, Sunni, and Shia peoples. St Patrick’s College will affirm, Wellington Girls’ College will negate.

All are encouraged to attend the final to support their favourite team, and watch what promises to be a top-quality debate. Anyone in the Wellington region who has an interest in attending this final are welcome to attend. Please forward this invitation on to all those you believe might be interested. 

For security purposes, all attendees need to submit their names to me by Monday 1 September in order to be allowed into Parliament. Please email me at [email protected] the names of attendees so that I can ensure they will have access to the final.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Stockley Cup and Dunsheath Plate 2014

The Stockley Cup and Dunsheath Plate Public Speaking competitions were held on Monday 23 June at Samuel Marsden Collegiate, with nine speakers competing in the junior section for the Dunsheath Plate, and thirteen speakers in the senior section for the Stockley Cup. The competition grows every year, with this year’s being the largest Stockley Cup and Dunsheath Plate competitions ever. This  is a testament to the talent and hard work of speakers in the Wellington region

The range of speech topics varied from feminism, the relationship between parents and kids, religion, and how English classes are ruining kids’ lives. The judges were very impressed by the quality of all the competitors’ speeches, with the variety of subject matter, and the tone of the whole evening.
The Winner of the Dunsheath Plate was Harry Bartle from St Patrick’s Kilbirnie. Harry’s speech was entitled A Fairy-Tale ending?
The Winder of the Stockley Cup was Nera Tautau, of St Catherine’s College. Nera’s speech was entitled The Well.
A special thank you to Paul Foster-Bell MP for taking the time to judge the competition. His perspective and time were most appreciated, and we were lucky to have him along.
Congratulations to these, and all speakers again for an excellent night of speaking. We look forward to seeing you next year.

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.

Wellington Regionals 2014

Dear all
Congratulations to these eight teams who have broken at Wellington Regionals 2014:
Hutt Valley High School
Wellington Girls’ College B
Wellington College B
St Patrick’s College Town A
Wellington Girls’ College A
Kapiti College A
Scot’s College A
St Patrick’s College Silverstream
Commiserations to Wellington High School A, who ended on 3 wins, but narrowly missed out on win points.
The quarter finals are tomorrow morning, back at Hutt Valley High School. Please be there at 9.15am sharp, so that we can start on time.
In addition to these eight teams, we would like to see the following speakers back for a callback debate. The speakers are in contention for the Wellington team, and we really would like to see the speakers. If you cannot attend, please contact us immediately.
Shakked Noy – Wellington High Schools B
Sabina – Wellington Girls’ College B
Liam Denis – Hutt International Boys Schools
Peter – Scot’s College B
Jack Comer-Hudson – Wellington High School A
George – Wellington College
Alex – Wellington College A
Ella – St Catherine’s College B
We’re very excited about the strength of this year’s Wellington squad, and hope to see you all tomorrow. If you have not broken, but would still like to debate, we would love to see you there.
If there are any issues, please contact either Steve on 021 881 411, or Daniel on 027 442 7598. Alternatively you can email Daniel at [email protected]l.com