- Gold Award for judging five debates
- Silver Award for judging four debates
- Bronze Award for judging three debates.
Last night, the Wellington Speaking Union hosted a workshop for new and returning adjudicators in the Wellington region. It was a very successful night, and thanks to all those who attended. A special thanks to Kathy Ryan for hosting us and putting on a spread, and to Chris Bishop for running the workshop.
Chris has made available his presentation from last night, and you can find it here: WSU Adjudication Workshop 2014.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week at the coaching workshop!
Your school is warmly invited to enter teams in the 2014 Wellington Speaking Union intercollegiate debating grades. Below is an invitation letter that explains how the grades operate, and how to enter teams.WSU-Invitation-Letter-2014
Please note that it is very important to include correct email addresses for all adjudicators and coaches, as this is the primary method of communication. Please fill out the form by Friday 14 February. You will be sent an invoice for the fees later.
Before Friday 21 February you will be emailed a finalised calendar of events (draft copy only enclosed), letters from grade convenors for coaches (including their contact details), draws and topics, and a spreadsheet containing the contact details for every team in every grade, convenors at each school, and a list of adjudicators. This information will be sent electronically to you as the convenor of debating at your school. Draws and letters will also be sent electronically to every team coach. The topics for round one will be enclosed with the grade letters and posted on the website. Here is a draft of the 2014 calendar, which can also be found here Wellington Speaking Union Calendar – DRAFT
· Entries Close: Friday 14 February
· Draws released: Friday 21 February
· First rounds begin in the week starting Monday 3 March
On the weekend the Wellington Speaking Union held the inaugural Wellington BP Debating Champs, which will hopefully become an annual fixture. Twelve teams entered the tournament, which was held at Wellington High School. It was great to see a mixture of university debaters, secondary school debaters, and adult debaters all debating in the tournament.
After three rounds, the top four teams contested the final: Asher Emanuel & Jodie O’Neill, Nick Cross & Aric Shakur, Ihaia Tichborne & Tyrone Barugh, and Joe Connell & Cameron Price.
The Grand Final topic was: “This House would implement a statutory discount for sentences decided by judges and juries for criminals from historically oppressed racial minorities.” After a great debate, the Closing Government team – Nick Cross & Aric Shakur – were declared the winners in a 2-1 decision.
The top five speakers of the tournament were:
1. Asher Emanuel
2. Joe Connell
3. Udayan Mukherjee
4. Jodie O’Neill
5= Aric Shakur
5= Cameron Price
Thanks to all who entered, and to Christopher Bishop, Stephen Whittington and Richard D’Ath who acted as judges over the course of the day.
The Wellington Speaking Union has entered social media. You can find us on twitter at @WlgSpeakngUnion. Follow us for results and updates on all the grades.
Schools are invited to enter teams in the 2013 intercollegiate debating grades.
Click here for the invitation letter (pdf) which contains instructions on how to enter teams and information on all the grades.
Click here for the (draft) WSU Calendar for 2013 (pdf).
For more information please contact Daniel Wilson.
To enter teams please head to http://www.wsu.co.nz/signups
The Wellington Speaking Union AGM for 2012 was held tonight at The VUW Law School. The various reports will be uploaded here soon.
The following people were elected to positions for the 2013 year:
President â€“ Daniel Wilson
Treasurer â€“ Christopher Bishop
Secretary â€“ Ella Edginton
The Union is very pleased to announce Kathy Ryan as the Union’s latest Life Member. Kathy’s contribution to Wellington debating over a period approaching two decades is has been considerable, and the strength of the Region’s debating on the national stage isÂ undoubtedlyÂ due in large part to Kathy’s masterful administration of one of the most influential grades run by the Union. The Union would like to reiterate its appreciate for the ongoing work Kathy does for the debaters in Wellington, and their gratitude for her offering of continued service.
The Union thanks Sebastian Templeton for his work as President this year, and his many years of service across many grades of Wellington schools debating. The Union also thanks Nicholas Cross for his work as Treasurer this year.
The Grand Final for 2012 will be held on Tuesday 11 September at 6.30pm, in the Council Chambers in the Wellington Town Hall.
Congratulations to Sacred Heart College and Wellington College for making it this far in the competition – all are welcome to come and support them.
Motion: That housewives and househusbands should be paid for their work.
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