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.



Wellington College wins Premier B Grand Final

On Tuesday September 15 the Grand Final of the Premier B competition for the Fred McComish Cup was held at Parliament hosted by Paul Foster-Bell MP.

The topic was: This house regrets societal norms of monogamy

Wellington College (Ben Stockton, Hansaka Ranaweera, Timothy Rutherford, Jack Roberts (Reserve) affirmed the motion and St Patrick’s College, Wellington negated (Augustine Lee, Tom Hall, Jack Turnbull).

After a great debate, Wellington College were declared the victors.

Thanks to adjudicators Emma Smith, Scott Fletcher, and James Gavey for adjudicating, and also Oscar Battell-Wallace for convening the grade this year.


HIBS wins Senior Certificate 2015

The Senior Certificate grade final for the Rennie Cup was held at Parliament on Thursday 10 September.

The topic was: That Western media should refuse to publish images of Mohammed

Hutt International Boys’ School affirmed the motion and Wellington East Girls’ negated.

The debate was a good one. HIBS were declared the victors in a unanimous decision, winning the Rennie Cup for the first time.

11990539_933370970043122_567247031696697196_nWinning HIBS team with Parliamentary host and President of the WSU, Chris Bishop MP

Wellington East Girls’ College wins Junior Premier Grade

The Junior Premier Grand Final was held at Parliament last night hosted by Chris Bishop MP, and President of the Wellington Speaking Union.

The topic was:

That we should refuse to hold major sports events in countries with poor human rights records

St Catherine’s College (Sophia Zandi, Kaira Scheck and Catharina Lee) affirmed the motion.

Wellington East Girls’ College (Ivana Emer, Isla Turner-Holmes and Isabel Holbrow) negated.

After a great and close debate, Wellington East were declared the winners in a 2-1 split decision.

Congratulations to them and their coaches Maureen MacIver and Amy Campbell.

Wellington East win the WGT Wiggs Cup – the school’s first victory of this prestigious trophy.


 Thanks to judges Chris Bishop, Emma Smith and Tamara Jenkin for adjudicating.


Wellington High School wins Premier A 2015

The Premier A Grand Final for the Henning Cup was held last night at Parliament hosted by Chris Bishop MP.

The topic for the final was:

That if the technology to erase memories were invented, this House would destroy it

After a great debate, the winning team was the affirmative, Wellington High School:

Winners Wellington High School

Jack Comer-Hudson
Eddyn Perkins-Treacher
Shakked Noy










Runners-Up: Scots College

Peter McKenzie
Connor Slattery
Adam Sangster

The winner of the Suffrage Cup for Best Speaker in the Grand Final was Shakked Noy from Wellington High.


Thanks to Julia Wells who has done a great job convening the grade this year and to the judges for last night, WSU alumni Richard D’Ath, Emma Smith and Nicholas Gavey.

Senior Premier A 2014

Grand Final information:
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 Banquet Hall 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.



Points table:


Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Scots College 1 1 1 1 1 5
Hutt International Boys’ School 1 0 1 1 1 4
St Patricks College Town 1 0 1 1 0 3
Wellington High school 1 1 1 0 0 3
Wellington East Girls’ College 0 1 1 1 0 3
Wellington Girls’ College 1 1 0 0 1 3
Wellington College 1 0 0 1 1 3
St. Bernard’s College 0 1 1 0 1 3
St Mary’s College 1 1 0 0 0 2
St Oran’s College 0 0 1 1 0 2
St Pats Silverstream 0 1 0 1 0 2
Hutt Valley High School 1 0 0 0 1 2
St Catherine’s College 0 1 0 0 1 2
Queen Margaret College 0 0 0 1 0 1
Sacred Heart College 0 0 1 0 0 1