Sunday, July 26, 2009

International Training Program - Public Training Schedule

Ms. Jessica Prince and Mr. Alex Campbell (both alumni of Oxford University) will be on a coaching tour of the Island from the 1st to the 14th of August. Their mandate will be to train the Sri Lanka Schools Team for the World Schools Debating Championships 2010.

In addition to the training of the team, the following public workshops will also be held.

Workshop for Universities

A two day workshop in the WUDC format of Debate will be held on the 03rd & 04th of August at the Law Faculty Premises. Please contact Guruparan on 0773704178 or Hafeez on 0715104999 for further details

Advanced workshop for Schools Debaters

An advanced workshop for schools debaters will be held on the morning of the 5th of August. Participation at this workshop will be limited to 30 students, and applications will be scrutinized by the Debaters' Council prior to approval. Please contact Charana on 0714052012 for further details

General Workshop for Schools

A general workshop on the World Schools Style of Debate will be held on the 11th of August from 9 a.m to 5 p.m at the University of Colombo Premises. Please contact Charana on 0714052012 for further details.

Workshop for Adjudicators/Coaches

A workshop for all Adjudicators and Coaches will be held on the 8th of August at 10 a.m at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia. Please contact Nishantha on 0777268164 for further details.

Workshop for Corporate Clients

Workshops on Effective Negotiation, Presentation and Argumentation are also offered to interested Companies. The workshops will be 4 hours in length with an option to extend and will be priced at Rs. 70,000/-. Please contact Deshan on 0772962549 for further details

Ladies' College to participate at the inaugural Asian Schools Debating Championship

Three teams from Ladies' College (a member school of the Debaters' Council) have been registered for the Asian Schools Debating Championships to be worked off in Manila in September. We wish the teams the very best in achieving success.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Jessica Prince and Alex Campbell to visit Sri Lanka

Jessica Prince, The world's no. 1 ranked debater in 2007 and Alex Campbell, the former Head Coach of the Oxford Union (both alumni of Oxford University, UK) will be in Sri Lanka on a coaching tour from the 1st to the 14th of August 2009.

The coaches will be here on a mandate to coach the Sri Lanka Schools Debating Team for WSDC 2010. They will also conduct workshops for all schools and universities debaters. Select inhouse corporate training workshops will also be conducted.

More details of scheduled events will be posted here shortly.

The profiles of the trainers are as below.

Jessica Prince

Jessica Prince was the world’s number one ranked debater in 2007, having won the coveted title of Best Speaker at the World Universities Debating Championship in 2007. She has extensive coaching experience, including working with the Canadian World Schools team for various years, training under-privileged children in London, coaching the 2008 Qatar World Schools team, running debate workshops at the Oxford Union and training young executives in the Corporate sector.
Jessica is a Canadian from Victoria, British Columbia. She has a BA (Hons) in Political Science from McGill University in Canada and a 2nd BA (Senior Status) in Law from Oxford University. Jessica has represented Canada at the World Schools Debatnig Championships, and was the President of CUSID (the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate), winner of the Canadian British Parliamentary Championships, top speaker at the one-time North American Women's Championships, and a two-time finalist of the Canadian Nationals while at McGill. During her time at Oxford, Jessica was also Grand Finalist in the Cambridge IV, which is the most prestigious Debating Competition in the UK.

Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell is a former Head Coach of the prestigious Oxford Union. An American from Boston, Massachusetts, he has an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University and a BA (Hons) in Economics from McGill University, Canada. Alex was one of the top 10 speakers at the 2007 World Universities Championships, as well as the only person to make the Grand Finals of both the Canadian and British National Championships. While functioning as Head Coach of one of the oldest and most revered debating institutions in the world, comprising over 1000 members, he has taught weekly workshops and created a comprehensive coaching curriculum.
In 2007, Alex traveled to Hong Kong as part of a three week teaching tour for the English Speaking Union. In 2008, he spent over a month in Qatar, giving workshops for over 20 schools and for over 500 students and faculty. After Oxford, Alex worked at Lehman Brothers as a proprietary equity derivatives trader, and will be attending Stanford University next spring in the pursuit of an MBA.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Rev Dr Don Stanley Abeysekara Challenge Shield - BC and STC take home honors

The grand final of the Rev Dr Don Stanley Abeysekara Challenge Shield organized by St. Joseph's College was worked off on the 10th of July at the school hall.

The senior final was between Bishop's College and Colombo International School on the motion "THBT China should lead the new world order." Bishop's College took the debate on a 4-1 split.

The Junior final was worked off between S. Thomas' College and Bishop's College. S. Thomas' College won the debate convincingly.

We congratulate St. Joseph's College on having organized this tournament, and especially for having arranged for the junior leg.

The tournament was ratified by the Debaters' Council.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

01st Asian Schools Debating Championships

The 01st ever Asian Schools Debating Championships will be held from September 09-13 2009 in Manila, Philippines. The event is a school specific tournament while registration is capped at 80 teams.

All schools are encouraged to participate at this tournament to gain international exposure.

The formal letter of invitation is attached here

Find the tournament website here

Saturday, July 4, 2009

AAIC DC Schools League - Updated points table

After 14 weeks of debating and 27 grueling debates, we have now come to the halfway stage of the tournament.

Bishop's College has taken a clear lead and now sit comfortably at 1st place. St. Bridget's Convent having completed 13 of their allotted 14 debates hold 2nd place, but are in danger of dropping below as other teams complete further debates.

Colombo International School are currently placed 8th but have 12 further debates to make amends for their disappointing start.

It must be remembered that the 4 top teams will automatically qualify for next year's league while the others will be relegated to compete amongst other teams at next year's Sri Lanka Schools Debating Championship to qualify yet again.

In the coming weeks, a keen tussle should be seen not only to enter the grand final, but also to qualify within the top 4 teams in the competition.

AAIC DC Schools League 14 - BC takes command

Bishop's College, extended their lead on the points table and continued their winning streak by beating other serious tournament contenders S. Thomas' College and Colombo International School.

Bishop's College, hosting the 1st round debate against Colombo International School took the debate unanimously on a 5 point margin.

Hosting the return debate against S. Thomas' College in the afternoon, Bishop's went on to beat them by a whopping margin of 12 points to complete a double against their opponents.

Bishop's College have now won 7 debate in a row after their early loss against St. Bridget's Convent.

The detailed results are as follows

Bishop's College vs Colombo International School - 3-0 (BC)
Bishop's College vs S. Thomas' College - 3-0 (BC)