ACU DEBATING CHALLENGE CUP
VENUE: Ballarat City Council Chambers, Sturt Street, Ballarat
SECTION CO-CHAIRS: Mr Eric McLeod, Mr Gordon Reynolds
DEPUTY CHAIR: Mr Andrew Greenwood
Years 5/6: To be advised
Years 7/8: To be advised
Years 9/10: To be advised
Years 11/12: To be advised
Schools Competition Heats: 31st July – 4th August
Schools Competition Semi Finals: 21st August
Schools Competition Finals: 28th August
- The Debating Challenge Cup is a competition for school teams. Teams will be registered under the name of the school they represent.
- Schools will be invited to enter a team, or teams, in one or, as appropriate, in more than one of the following levels:
Section 820 Primary years 5&6
Section 821 Secondary years 7&8
Section 822 Secondary years 9&10
Section 823 Secondary years 11&12
- Schools are responsible for providing supervision of competitors. RSSS is not responsible for supervision or the welfare of competitors.
- Teams in each section will consist of three primary speakers, plus a nominated substitute to be available in case one of the primary speakers is unable to compete.
- In the event that two speakers in a team that qualifies for the semi-finals in the schools’ competition are unable to take part in the semi-final, that team can call on their nominated substitute speaker and one other unregistered speaker to compete in the semi-final if necessary. If the team has not registered a substitute speaker, it will not be permitted to use two unregistered replacement speakers and will have to forfeit.
- A student can be a speaker in only one debating team.
- Each school is advised to carefully consider the number of teams it enters and must ensure that teams are ready to compete when scheduled. This is most important as if a team has to withdraw after the draw is finalised it will mean that the opposing team can take no part in the competition.
- The schools’ competition requires an equal number of teams in each section. Where the number of entries received by the closing date is not even, the Debating Committee will make every effort to find an additional team to correct the imbalance before making the decision not to accept the entry of an individual team.
- Schools will be provided with a timetable and their debating topic/s at least one month before the competition heats of the competition commence.
- Each team must register the names and speaking order of the debaters at the registration desk at least 15 minutes prior to the starting time for its debate.
- The format of the debates will follow the generally accepted procedures in the Australian – Asian Debating Guide.
- A Chairperson will control the debate. The Chairperson will welcome and introduce each team, the adjudicator and timekeeper, and announce the topic.
- The timekeeper will sound a warning bell one minute (30 seconds for year 5/6 debates) before the end of the speaker’s allotted time and a second bell to indicate the end of the speaker’s allotted time.
- At the end of each debate the adjudicator will give a verbal critique and announce the result of the debate.
- Teams will be provided with an adjudicator’s written critique and a breakdown of the results for each debate following the heats and the semi-finals.
- The four highest scoring winning teams in each section of the schools competition will progress to the semi-finals, with the winners of each semi-final competing for the Challenge Cup for that section.
- Perpetual trophies will be held by the winner teams for 11 months.It is an expectation
that perpetual trophies MUST be returned to the RSSS after 11 months.Holders of perpetual trophies will be responsible for their safekeeping, and return. Trophies must be returned in the same condition they were received.
Section No: 823 Years 11/12 - 5 minutes per speaker
ENTRY FEE $32 per team
AUDIENCE Schools may arrange to bring students to be a part of the audience for debates, providing they are effectively supervised. Prior arrangement for school groups to attend must be made with the RSSS office. The cost of entry will be $1 per student.