Impromptu Cup – Entries Open

by Hamish Saunders on June 7, 2015

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We are now opening entries for our annual Impromptu Cup tournament. Please submit your entries by responding to this email by Friday 19th June.

The Impromptu Cup is a great opportunity for students to become more confident in their debating skills, and to improve their ability to develop detailed arguments in a short space of time. Students compete in teams of two, and are given five minutes preparation time for their debate. Speeches are also five minutes long, with no points of information, and replies are two and a half minutes long. Although the format sounds challenging, it is also a lot of fun. There will be a detailed presentation on the style at the beginning of the tournament, and a show debate featuring some of the University of Auckland’s best debaters, so teams should not be intimidated.

Key Details

When: Saturday 27 June – Sunday 28 June 2015
Where: TBC (Saturday). The finals on Sunday will be at Auckland University.
Who: The tournament is open to all Year 11 to Year 13 students
Team Cap: The tournament is limited to 30 teams. Schools may enter up to three teams each. However, if more than 30 teams wish to enter we will ensure schools receive at least one team first.
Cost: FREE!
Timetable: Four preliminary debates on Saturday (9am – 5pm), then finals on the Sunday. A full timetable will be sent out once entries have been completed
How to enter: Email with the number of teams you wish to enter, the names of your speakers, and a name and email address for a contact teacher for the team by Friday 19th June

Tournament Format

Speakers: Teams of two speakers only
Format: Limited preparation
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Speech Length: 5 minutes, leader’s replies 2.5 minutes, points of information not permitted

Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to your entries.


Teacher Adjudicator Seminars 2015

by Hamish Saunders on February 18, 2015

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The following are the times and dates for the teacher adjudicator seminars where an ASD Committee member will explain how to adjudicate.  This will be followed by an opportunity to ask the committee member questions, and complimentary refreshments to thank the teachers for giving up their time.

- Western Zone: Tuesday 24 February, 6.00pm, Rutherford College in the English Department work room. On the left hand side of B block on the bottom storey. B Block is the first teaching block you see when you enter the school.
- Central Zone: Tuesday 24 February, 6.00pm, Epsom Girls Grammar School in the Staffroom.  Park on Silver Road. There will be signs out on the night.
- Northern Zone: Wednesday 25 February, 6.00pm, Carmel College in the Staffroom. Park inside the gates, walk towards the main admin building but enter the building opposite, to your left. Walk down the corridor, veer right at the end, keep walking right to the end of that corridor until you reach the staffroom.
- Eastern Zone: Wednesday 25 February, 6.00pm, Howick College in the Library which is in the G Block. Drive past the main buildings (admin and theatre) and continue to the end of the parking area. Turn left down a narrow road  – drive slowly in case there is any traffic coming the opposite way. At the bottom of the road is the G-block (a green building) and the library is the first door to the right. Alternatively, park in the car park and walk down the road.

- Southern Zone: Thursday 26 February, 6.00pm, Tangaroa College. There will be signs out on the night.
If you have any questions about the teacher adjudicator seminars, please email us at


How to Debate Guide 2015

February 17, 2015

Hi all,
Attached is the “How to debate” guide which explains the basics of debating in detail. If you have any questions about its content, feel free to email the ASD committee at
Many thanks,
ASD Committee
ASD How to Debate Guideline 2015

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ASD in 2015

January 28, 2015

Auckland Schools Debating is back in 2015 – we hope everyone is excited and ready to go.
Entry Pack
If you are a student interested in debating this year in any of our five grades, or are a teacher wishing to enter a team, the Teacher in Charge of debating at your school should have received an [...]

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Entry Process for 2015

December 12, 2014

Dear all,
Entries for 2015 for Auckland Schools Debating will open on Friday 30th January. If we have your TIC recorded in our database, every school will receive an entry pack with details on how to enter teams in 2015.
If your school is new to debating, please get in touch at
Entries will close on Monday [...]

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Premier Junior Grand Final – this Wednesday!

September 8, 2014

After 7 preliminary rounds, and some very hotly contested quarter finals and semi finals, we now have found the two top teams in Premier Junior in 2014.  Congratulations to Pinehurst and Westlake Boys 2 for making it through to the final.
The details for the final are:
Date: Wednesday 10 September
Time: Debate starts at 6.15
Where: [...]

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Senior Open Grand Final – Congratulations to Long Bay College!

September 8, 2014

A huge congratulations to Long Bay 3 for winning the Senior Open grade for 2014 last week!
Long Bay successfully negated the motion “this house regrets David Cunliffe’s apology for being a man” against WBHS 1 in a unanimous decision. The panel of adjudicators thought the debate was extremely close but were ultimately convinced by Long [...]

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Junior Open – Congratulations to Selwyn 1!

September 8, 2014

Congratulations to Selwyn 1 for winning Junior Open tonight! Selwyn 1 defeated Mission Heights in a 2-1 split decision and were able to successfully negate the motion “this house would allow shopkeepers to arm themselves with weapons in self defense.”
The panel of adjudicators thought the debate was an excellent showcase for the growing [...]

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Semi Finals – This Week

August 22, 2014

The break rounds continue with the Semi Finals in each grade. The draw for the breaks rounds can be found through the “Draw” tab above.
We would encourage anyone who is interested in watching top debates to come along and spectate. There will be seating in each debate.
The details for the Semi Finals are:
Junior Open Semi [...]

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Senior Open Quarter Finals

August 19, 2014

The Senior Open Quarter Finals were held last night at Epsom Girls Grammar School
Congratulations to the following teams for progressing to the semi finals of the competition:

Long Bay 3
Pakuranga 1

Further details for the semi finals will be posted here shortly. Photos of all the quarter finals can be found on our facebook page here.
Good [...]

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