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4Apr, 2019

ASD Committee Changes – 2019

Thursday 4 April 2019|

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.

Committee Changes

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.

Current Committee

You can contact the committee by emailing info@asd.org.nz 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)

Welfare Officers

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 – welfare@asd.org.nz (private to the Welfare Officers only)
Welfare Officer (Male) – Chenchen Huang (027 397 6452)
Welfare Officer (Female) – Umbar Sandhu (021 0843 7123)

13Mar, 2019

ASD – Official Welcome to 2019

Wednesday 13 March 2019|

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.

Welfare Officers

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 – welfare@asd.org.nz
Welfare Office (Male) – Chenchen Huang (027 397 6452)
Welfare Office (Female) – Umbar Sandhu (021 0843 7123)

Coaching Sessions

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.

8Feb, 2019

Seasonal Championships – Registrations Now Open!

Friday 8 February 2019|

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.

Key Details

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.

3Feb, 2019

ASD Registrations Open for 2019!

Sunday 3 February 2019|

Welcome to Auckland Schools Debating for 2019! We hope that everyone has had an enjoyable break and are looking forward to the new year. Registration is now open for ASD for 2019. Teachers and students may find the following links useful:

Committee 2019
We are welcoming multiple new committee members, Karan Kalsi, Chenchen Huang, Liam Silverwood, Celine Goh and Izzy Ray-Chaudhuri. All five have extensive experience debating at either a regional or national level. Hamish Saunders returns to the committee this year as our advisor. The committee for 2019 are as follows:
  • Chairperson – Zachary Wong
  • Advisor – Hamish Saunders
  • Treasurer – Chenchen Huang
  • Premier Advanced Convener – Umbar Sandhu
  • Premier Junior Convener – Callum Lo
  • Advanced Open Convener – Karan Kalsi
  • Senior Open Convener – Liam Silverwood
  • Junior Open Conveners – Celine Goh & Izzy Ray Chaudhuri
If  you have any questions throughout the year regarding any grades, feel free to contact the committee at info@asd.org.nz. We look forward to a great year with you.
19Feb, 2018

Important Notices about ASD

Monday 19 February 2018|

Grades should now be well underway for the year, and your grade convener should be contacting you regularly with updates about the rounds for their grades. If you have any questions or queries though, please don’t hesitate to contact the committee at the following email address; info@aucklandschoolsdebating.org.nz

Two important notices about the rounds so far; firstly, we have noticed that some of the rooms at our host schools are being left in a messy state following the conclusion of debates. We are very lucky to have host schools willing to run our grades, so please ensure that following a debate, the room is tidied and the desks are returned to where they were previously.

Secondly, we have had some confusion surrounding the rules around electronic devices. We allow phones to be used for speakers to time themselves, but electronic devices are not permitted in the preparation room with teams. Please give your phones and any other devices to a teacher or supervisor who can look after them for the duration of preparation.

Thanks, and enjoy the rest of the debating year!

ASD Registrations 2019