[UPDATE] Results to be revealed tomorrow at https://paullau.wordpress.com
The Quarter-Finals of the 26th Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition from 2010-2011 will be held at St. Paul’s Convent School, 140 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong on the 2nd of April 2011.
You will find below the day’s schedule, a run-down of the contest details and my thoughts on each debate.
9:00 – 9:05 MC
9:05 – 9:45 Contest 1
9:45 – 10:25 Contest 2
10:25 – 10:45 Break for Adjudication
10:45 – 11:00 Results announced
11:20 – 11:25 MC
11:25 – 12:05 Contest 3
12:05 – 12:45 Contest 4
12:45 – 13:05 Break for Adjudication
13:05 – 13:20 Results announced
Motion: The government should increase hospital charges for mainland expectant mothers giving birth in Hong Kong
Proposition: St Paul’s Co-educational College
Opposition: Diocesan Boys’ School
A heavy-weight contest featuring two well established debating schools. SPCC had to battle past St Mary’s Canossian College as well as LPC UWC in Group 1 while DBS had an easier route through the group. DBS will lose Captain James Lo who will be attending WIDPSC 2011 in Australia so it will be interesting to see how DBS perform without him.
Motion: Parents should not take their children to participate in protest activities
Proposition: South Island School
Opposition: CCC Mong Man Wai College
On paper, this might appear to be one of the less contentious debates with two teams emerging from a Group 2 that featured schools who have not traditionally reached the final stages of debating competitions. Group 2 also has few former champions and semi-finalists with South Island School, defending champions, having the upper hand on paper. But, as has been proven in the last few years, being a defending champion can be both a benefit and a poised chalice. CCC Mong Man Wai College may be the dark horse, but that’s exactly where SIS was in 2007 and it hasn’t turned out too bad.
Motion: The establishment of a universal retirement protection scheme brings more good than harm
Proposition: Diocesan Girls’ School
Opposition: St Joseph’s College
The other heavy-weight contest in the Quarter-Finals features two schools that both have a sound historical record and a large crowd cheering them own. DGS were champions in 2002 and 2007 while SJC took consecutive wins in 2004 and 2005. Both schools have performed well in the past and will be aiming to recapture a crown that has eluded them for the last few years.
Motion: The issuance of inflation-linked retail bonds (or “iBond”) can help reduce inflation pressures
Proposition: Steward Pooi Kei College
Opposition: Chinese International School
Although featuring few traditionally big named schools, Contest 4 may turn out to be the closest fought debate with two schools that will both be looking to establish their mark on the debate scene.