The Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society Summer Workshop 2012 concluded earlier today at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The 7 day event began with training workshops in the British Parliamentary format with coaches from Canada, USA, the Netherlands and China. 16 teams broke to the quarter-finals after 7 rounds of debates.
The Grand Final saw two teams from Hangzhou Foreign Languages School, China in the upper house with composite teams from Ying Wa, Island School, SPCC and DGS in the lower house. The four Grand Final teams, whom broke 1st, 3rd, 5th and 10th debated the motion that THW get rid of all national borders.
Champion: Ryan Tang and Jessica Yung (Team Draco Malfoy)
Grand Finalists: Team WOW! (Will Zhang, Elizabeth Hu), Team Lisabeth (Bon Bong, Brian Wong) and Team Fiona’s Illegit Baby (Fiona Zhang, Johnny Chen)
Best Speaker of the Grand Final: Ryan Tang
I spent the remainder of my two weeks in Norway with Heidi (Norwegian first year) in Oslo. What a city, and what a week. Oslo is small enough to traverse on foot and makes visiting everything a heck of a lot easier. At the same time, it is big enough to have a bit of everything; lots of parks, museums and attractions, all within easy access. I also loved the amount of green space in Oslo, it’s really quite a change from Hong Kong, and surprising how much green space can be found in the little city center. I had quite a bit of sun, generally good weather and even managed to avoid the heavy rain. Boy did we do a lot that week.
After many goodbyes and farewells at the formal conclusion of my high-school life, I promptly set-off for Norway, where I spent about two weeks. I, along with a group of above a dozen other AC students managed to land at Oslo Gardermoen airport despite a lost passport, two lengthy full-security bag checks and a lot of running from one place to another. After a (relatively) short train journey and a car ride, we arrived at Jacob’s (Norwegian co-year of mine) where we were more than happy to crash after a few sleepless nights signing yearbooks, or sleeping at Heathrow as was the case for a few first years.
The next two days were surprisingly lazy, consisting of a bunch of games in Jacob’s garden as we enjoyed the Norwegian sun, a lot of brilliant food and a trip to the beach somewhere along the way. I don’t know what got the better of me, but I somehow found myself atop a 10 meter diving platform, committing myself to launching off it. It’s probably relevant to note that I’ve never dived off anything taller than 3 meters and even then, (some 5 years back?) emerged with a sore back. 10 meters is a long way, but the scariest thing is the 3-4 seconds before you hit the water. It was enough time for me to wonder what exactly I was doing before I plunged into the water; or in the case of Oli (my Welsh roommate), to scream f*** 4 times. Let’s just say I probably won’t be diving anytime soon =D
Wow, it’s been a long time since my last post. IN fact, this has been the longest hiatus from blogging since I started back in October 2009. Although I continued blogging during trips overseas, debate championships and even my IGCSEs, the final IB exams were unfortunately, successful in removing my fingers from the keyboard. Thankfully, IB Exams are now over and all that remains is waiting for the results.
In the end-of-year melee at AC, what with yearbook signing and goodbyes, I decided not to post anything. Then it was off to Norway for a short holiday, much-needed after a two-year slog at AC. Then some friends visited Hong Kong, and I became a de-facto tour-guide. After all that, I finally had time to catch-up on a bit of sleep (two years worth), unpack and generally get life back in order.
Thankfully, all that is now dealt with. So let the summer begin!
The school year is beginning for second years at UWC Atlantic College. But the school has been busy over summer, doing various bits of improvements.
1) As has already been previously noted, the old Sunley is being repaired whilst a new Sunley has been built just inside the school gates, costing the school a significant weekly rent.
2) A majority of the computers on campus have been updated to Windows 7 Professional and the library computer suite even has wide-screen computers. Not all the computers have been up and running so I haven’t for example checked computers in the quite-rooms of houses and many of the computers in classrooms.
3) Finally, the school gym has been given a major makeover with a lot of new equipment including a proper running machine! In light of this, students are now requested to go through a ‘gym induction’ so as to ensure the equipment is not unnecessarily damaged.
Here’s a gallery of the madeover areas of campus. (more…)
[tweetmeme source=”@paullaucm” only_single=false]Beginning in 2005, the Hong Kong Parliamentary Debating Society Summer Workshop has been amongst the few if not only British Parliamentary debating competitions for secondary schools in Hong Kong. Despite difficulties in organization of this years summer workshop, particularly in the area of financial support, a major outcry from participants led organizers to reconsider and reorganize this year at a smaller scale. Entering its 6th year, the competition continues to attract the best students and debaters.
With a smaller faculty, many experienced debaters turned up to help in the role of trainees. It mean that the field of debaters were mostly new to British Parliamentary and made the HKPDS cup more competitive than in previous years with a more even field. This does mean however that this years records cannot be compared to those of previous years.
Special thanks and congratulations must be given to the organizing committee who did a remarkable job of pulling together various parties to ensure that HKPDS SW 2010 was able to continue. They rightfully received a standing ovation. With our full support behind HKPDS, lets how that the event will be able to continue as usual next year.
Motion : THW offer immunity from prosecution to dictators who give up power and retire from politics
Champions – Hang Seng School of Commerce : Clarence Shen and Kristy Wong
Runner-ups – Mix 8 : Lawrence Lo (STGSS) and Max Leung (HSSC)
Runner-ups – Mix 13 : Collin Ross (IS) and Jiali Li (Hangzhou Foreign Language School)
Runner-ups – Mix 3 : Brian Ng (DBS) and Fernanda Lai (DGS)
Champion – Arthur Chung : Pen
Runner-up – Hogan Wai : Stopwatch
Runner-up – Fernanda Lai : Vitasoy