Raffles Institution

Raffles Debaters

  • photograph by Raffles Photography & Art Club (Year 1-4)

    Established in 1886, the Raffles Debaters is the oldest CCA in RI. Beyond sustaining our strong debating ethos, we also hope to equip members with brilliant oratorical skills, a passion for knowledge, and the tools for critical analysis and lateral thought.

    In the course of its history, the Raffles Debaters has produced thinkers and speakers of the highest order. Many alumni have gone on to represent Singapore at the prestigious World Schools Debating Championship (WSDC). In 2010, former Raffles Debater Li Sheng Wu was named the Best Speaker at the World Universities Debating Championship, joining a list of luminaries which includes Aaron Maniam (Chief Adjudicator, WSDC 2008) and Liew Shang Zhao (winner of the Angus Ross Prize in 2007, awarded for the top Literature essay in the GCE ‘A' level examinations).

    In the spirit of giving back to the community, the Raffles Debaters organises the annual Primary School Debate Invitational (the first primary school debate competition in the nation), together with the Debating 101 workshop and Pro Bono Coaching Service. In so doing, we strive to forge a brighter debating landscape for Singapore.

    Achievements and Highlights

    Speak! Ventures Debating Championships 2016

    Julia Gabriels Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2016

    Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Championships 2016

    MGS Eric Tan Youth Under-14s Debate Challenge Shield 2016

    River Valley High School Under-16s Novice Debate Championships 2016

    Hwa Chong Institution Under-16s Debate Invitationals 2016

    SRC-DA(S) International Humanitarian Law Debating Championships 2016
    Quarter-finalists /p>

    Teacher Mentors

    Ms Heryanti Suhaimy

    Ms Chen Li Ju