Our 2020 Calendar has been released on our website here!
- Monday 2 March – Entry Deadline (Premier Grades)
- Wednesday 18 March – Entry Deadline (Open Grades)
- Sunday 8 March – Seasonal Championships
- Saturday 21 March/Sunday 22 March – Auckland Regionals
- Saturday 25 July/Sunday 26 July – Junior Championships
- Saturday 8 August/Sunday 9 August – Impromptu Cup
- Saturday 26 September/Sunday 27 September – NZ Schools British Parliamentary
Coaching Sessions/Adjudication Seminars:
- Wednesday 4 March: 5:30pm – 7:00pm – PJ Coaching Session (Diocesan School for Girls)
- Tuesday 10 March: 5:30pm – 7:00pm – AO Coaching Session (TBC)
- Monday 16 March: 4:30pm – 6:00pm – JO Coaching Session/Adjudication Seminar (Rangitoto College, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Lynfield College, Howick College, Tangaroa College)
- Tuesday 17 March – SO Coaching Session/Adjudication Seminar (Westlake Boys High School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Avondale College (TBC), Sacred Heart College, De La Salle College)
- Wednesday 25 March: 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Adjudication Seminar (Auckland Grammar School)
- Tuesday 31 March: 5:30pm – 7:00pm – Adjudication Seminar (TBC)
- Wednesday 11 March – PA Round 1
- Wednesday 18 March – PJ Round 1
- Tuesday 31 March – AO Round 1
- Monday 6 April – JO Round 1
- Tuesday 7 April – SO Round 1
PA Grand Final and Prizegiving
We would like to invite all students, teachers and coaches who participated in Auckland Schools’ Debating this year to attend the ASD Premier Advanced Grand Final and Prizegiving. Those attending will be treated to a Grand Final debate (Auckland Grammar School vs St Kentigern College) with some of the best speakers in Auckland which will be followed by a recognition of the top 10 students in each grade.
Date: Wednesday 11 September
Location: Auckland Grammar School – Centennial Theatre (enter through Gate 1)
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 6:45pm start. The prizegiving will occur after the Premier Advanced Grand Final and will conclude by 8:45pm.
Food and Drink: Light drinks and snacks will be served after the event
Parking: Parking is available on Mountain Road and surrounding streets
School Map: Link to map
We would also like to invite you to attend the Grand Final of your respective grades. We have no doubt that these will be extremely high quality debates.
Grade: Senior Open (Ormiston Senior College vs St Mary’s College)
Date and Time: Tuesday 3 September at 6:30pm
Location: Ormiston Senior College
Grade: Premier Junior (Westlake Girls High School vs Diocesan School for Girls)
Date and Time: Wednesday 4 September at 6:30pm
Location: Westlake Girls High School
Directions: Meeting room H8 (Parking is available at the lower carpark, entry off Wairau Road opposite Atlas Concrete)
Grade: Junior Open (Kristin School vs Westlake Girls High School)
Date and Time: Monday 9 September
Location: Kristin School
Grade: Advanced Open (Lynfield College vs St Dominic’s College)
Date and Time: Tuesday 10 September
Location: Lynfield College
Thanks to those of you who tuned in live! Apologies once again for the delay caused by technical difficulties. The break is available to view here if you missed it.
Below you can find a link to the relevant pages for your grade below.
Link to Break Information
You can read our policy on how the break is determined on our website.
Break Round Information
The first break rounds will be starting early next term. Teachers with breaking teams will be emailed separately to confirm their attendance at the Break and with further information. The dates for the break are below.
- Junior Open: Monday 5 August at Epsom Girls Grammar
- Senior Open: Tuesday 30 July at St Cuthbert’s College
- Advanced Open: Tuesday 30 July at St Cuthbert’s College
- Premier Junior: Wednesday 31 July at Auckland Grammar School
- Premier Advanced: Wednesday 7 August at Diocesan School for Girls
Finally, we owe a massive thank you to all the teachers who have coached and supported teams this year. Without the time and effort you put into organising debating, coaching teams, and transporting students debating would not be possible.
Congratulations again to all the teams that have broken, and commiserations to those who didn’t. We hope to see many teams at Junior Championships or Impromptu Cup early next term.
Thanks to everyone who tuned in live! Apologies once again for the delay. The break results will be published on the ASD Website by 7pm tonight, in the meantime please watch the video to find out the results.
This year, ASD is excited to announce that we’re shaking up how the breaks are announced for each grade! The breaks will be announced through a video live stream at 1pm on Tuesday 2 July that you can tune into on Facebook and YouTube! You’ll be able to tune in to watch the convenors of each grade announce which teams have progressed through to the break rounds and gather as a team to watch the announcements at lunch time.
If your school throws a viewing party and you send a photo to the ASD committee via Facebook or Instagram, you’ll also go in the draw to win your school garlic bread at impromptu cup! Best of luck for the break!
Further information about the break will be sent out by email and available on our website at 8pm on Tuesday 2 July.
You can view the dates for the break rounds on the calendar on our website.
Auckland Schools’ Debating is excited to host in 2019 the first ever Northern North Island Impromptu Cup. We are inviting teams from Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, to compete in the exciting impromptu debating style. The format is open to all debaters from years 10 to 13.
When: Saturday 10 August and Sunday 11 August
Where: Saturday at Westlake Boys’ High School. The break rounds on Sunday will be at the University of Auckland.
Who: The tournament is open to all Year 10 to 13 students.
Team Cap: Schools have guaranteed entry for 3 teams each (an additional 3 teams will be waitlisted and admitted dependent on tournament capacity).
Cost: $60 per team – this covers entry and lunch on Saturday. If the entry cost is a barrier to your school entering teams please let us know on the entry form.
Format: Five preliminary debates on Saturday, breaking 12 to 16 teams to the finals on the Sunday.
Entry Deadline: Tuesday 30 July at 5pm
Registration Link: Link to registration
You can find more information about the tournament on our Impromptu Cup webpage here.
Entries are now open for Junior Championships, ASD’s tournament for Year 9 and 10 students. The tournament helps students become more confident in their debating skills, and improves their ability to develop detailed arguments in a short space of time. All debates are limited preparation and will be adjudicated by ASD adjudicators, allowing students to get high quality adjudications and feedback.
This is an excellent tournament for any teams competing in Junior Open, Premier Junior or speakers who are brand new to debating.
When: Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July (Term 3, Week 1)
Where: Saturday at St Cuthbert’s College. Sunday’s final will be at the University of Auckland.
Who: The tournament is open to all Year 9 and 10 students.
Team Cap: Schools may enter up to three teams each (additional teams will be waitlisted and admitted dependent on tournament capacity).
Cost: $50 per team – this covers entry and lunch on Saturday. If the entry cost is a barrier to your school entering teams please let us know on the entry form.
Format: Three preliminary debates on Saturday, breaking to quarter finals on the Sunday.
Entry Deadline: Monday 1 July at 5pm
Registration Link: Link to registration
You can find more information about the tournament on our Junior Championships webpage here.
The ASD Committee would like to announce a couple of changes to the committee for the remainder of the 2019 Season.
Farewell to Callum Lo
The committee is sad to announce the departure of Callum Lo from the committee as he continues with his high workload post-graduate study. Callum has been a member of the ASD Committee for four and a half years and was the JO Convenor in 2015, the PJ Convenor from 2016 to 2017, the PA Convenor in 2018 and the PJ Convenor this year. This is a significant period of time to give to Schools’ Debating and we are extremely thankful for Callum’s contribution during his time on the committee.
Izzy Ray-Chaudhuri (021 0825 2258) will be taking over as the PJ Convenor. Celine Goh (022 446 6288) will take over as the JO Convenor for North and East. This means that Celine will be the JO Convenor for all 5 zones.
You can contact the committee by emailing email@example.com or by contacting them below:
Chairperson – Zachary Wong (021 1588 801)
Treasurer – Chenchen Huang (027 397 6452)
Premier Advanced Convener – Umbar Sandhu (021 0843 7123)
Premier Junior Convener – Izzy Ray Chaudhuri (021 0825 2258)
Advanced Open Convener – Karan Kalsi (021 087 33982)
Senior Open Convener – Liam Silverwood (022 306 7684)
Junior Open Convener – Celine Goh (0224466288)
Teacher Advisors – Charlotte Forster (Auckland Grammar) & Jason Farley (Diocesan)
Just a reminder that the 2019 the committee has also appointed 2 committee members to be welfare officers. Our welfare officers are responsible for ensuring the physical and mental wellbeing of all students who participate in Auckland Schools’ Debating. Teachers and students can reach out to them if they are feeling uncomfortable for any reason in our debating competitions or at a tournament. In addition to the Chairperson, they are also a point of contact for any complaints about the behavior and conduct of adjudicators, teachers, coaches and other students. All complaints will be handled sensitively and with confidentiality. Action will only be taken with the consent of the complainant.
Welfare Email – firstname.lastname@example.org (private to the Welfare Officers only)
Welfare Officer (Male) – Chenchen Huang (027 397 6452)
Welfare Officer (Female) – Umbar Sandhu (021 0843 7123)
The ASD Committee would like to welcome all students, teachers, coaches and managers to the ASD Competition for 2019. This year we have a record 339 teams competing in our 5 grades from 59 schools across the region.
Round 1 Information
The draws for PA, JO, SO and PJ are now available on the ASD website and you should have received emails from your grade conveners. Please let us know if you have a team in PA, JO, SO or PJ and you have not received an email from us.
Premier Advanced R1: Wednesday 13 March (limited preparation) – Draw
Junior Open R1: Monday 18 March (prepared – This house would require all schools to become co-educational) – Draw
Senior Open R1: Tuesday 19 March (prepared – This house would give school officials unrestricted access to student’s social media accounts) – Draw
Premier Junior R1: Wednesday 20 March (limited preparation) – Draw
Advanced Open – Tuesday 26 March (limited preparation) – Draw released later this week
Auckland Regional Debating Championships
The Auckland Regional Debating Championships (organised by the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council) is taking place on Saturday 23 March and Sunday 24 March.
When: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March (Sunday for quarter finalists only)
Where: Diocesan School for Girls
Cost: $60 per team (subsidies available)
Who can enter: Schools can enter students in Year 10 – 13
Team Cap: 5 teams
Entry Link: Link
The tournament will be used to select the two Auckland Regional Teams as well as a development squad of talented debaters in years 10-12. The deadline for entries is 5pm, Monday 18 March.
Grade Coaching Seminars
We have made available our Grade Coaching Session slides on our coaching page linked here.
This year, we have also appointed 2 committee members to be welfare officers. Our welfare officers are responsible for ensuring the physical and mental wellbeing of all students who participate in Auckland Schools’ Debating. Teachers and students can reach out to them if you are feeling uncomfortable for any reason in our debating competitions or at a tournament. In addition to the Chairperson, they are also a point of contact for any complaints about the behaviour and conduct of adjudicators, teachers, coaches and other students. All complaints will be handled sensitively and with confidentiality. Action will only be taken if the complainant requests it.
Welfare Email – email@example.com
Welfare Office (Male) – Chenchen Huang (027 397 6452)
Welfare Office (Female) – Umbar Sandhu (021 0843 7123)
ASD has a range of coaching options that we can deliver to students at your school. This includes our interactive three lesson programme that over 6 hours teaches through interactive workshops the core key debating skills. You can find out more and request a session on our coaching page.
Registrations are now open for the Seasonal Championships taking place on Sunday 3 March 2019. This year Seasonals has a brand new Novice Division aimed at schools which do not usually participate in weekend tournaments.
The Seasonal Championships (Seasonals) is a one day tournament that gives students the opportunity to debate multiple times early in the year, and immediately implement feedback offered by experienced adjudicators. Teams will debate in three-on-three debates, with six minute speeches and mandatory points of information.
Seasonals is an excellent tournament for advanced and novice debaters alike and is excellent preparation for teams entering Premier Advanced, Premier Junior and Advanced Open. Seasonals is also a good preparation tournament for regionals.
When: Sunday 3 March
Where: Lynfield College
Who: The tournament is open to all Year 10-13 students. We recommend entering your most senior speakers as a first priority. The tournament will be particularly valuable to those who intend to compete in the Auckland Regional Championships.
Team Cap: Schools are guaranteed entry to four teams. (Schools may also enter a mix of teams, i.e. 2 in the championship division and 2 in the novice division)
Cost: $50.00 per team (fee subsidies are available for low decile schools)
Timetable: Four round robin debates from 8.30am – 6.00pm.
How to enter: Complete the entry form below.
Deadline for entries: 5pm, Wednesday 27 February (no entries will be accepted after this time)
Please follow this link for more information.