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The Raffles Debaters (Year 5-6)

  • taken by Laura Ann Chan for Deck the Walls 2018, a project by the Raffles Photographic Society (Year 5-6)

    Here’s what you really need to know about debating. It is about a clash of words, wits and styles, where debaters wield both arguments and rhetoric to convince and persuade. Based on a given topic, debaters speak for opposing sides, and engage in a battle of ideas. In the realm of debating, one must win the contest of both hearts and minds.

    The Raffles Debaters, founded in March 1886, is the oldest club in Raffles Institution. Our legacy lies not just in our age, but also in our strong tradition of producing luminaries who contribute to Singapore as true leaders, thinkers and pioneers, from former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong to Professor Tommy Koh.

    If you are someone who is enthusiastic, curious and ever ready to challenge yourself, give the Debaters a shot, even if you aren’t entirely sure about what the club holds for you. So far, we’ve been a family of oddballs, but we are always eager to welcome new people into our community, no matter their quirks or idiosyncrasies. There will definitely be uncertainty at the start of your journey, but you could well be on your way to discovering a new skill, a new art, and a new passion.

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    Achievement and Highlights

    NUS Political Association Debating Championship

    Champions: Ernest Sng (2nd best speaker), Emily Zhao (8th best speaker), Vivian Leong, Kanagavelu Navneeth, Yu Jiaqi

    Oldham Cup

    Champions: Emily Zhao (Best speaker), Vivian Leong (5th best speaker), Ernest Sng (9th best speaker)

    Youth Debate Opens

    Champions: Yeo Shi Wen (3rd best speaker), Gan Chong Jing (9th best speaker), Muhammad Dhafer, Vanessa Lim

    Hwa Chong British Parliamentary Debates

    2nd Runners-up: Emily Zhao, Ernest Sng, Vivian Leong

    MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championship

    Semi-finalists: Ernest Sng, Vivian Leong, Emily Zhao, Lee Ningkai, Yu Jiaqi

    Singapore Polytechnic Debate Opens

    Quarter finalists: Ivan Toh, Muhammad Dhafer (3rd best speaker), Yeo Shi Wen (3rd best speaker)

    World Schools Debating Championship 2017

    Four of five national team members are from RI: Jonathan Yap (Vice-captain), Ryan Wee, Siobhan Tan, Wei Shu Yang

    Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debating Championship

    Organised a debate competition for 23 secondary schools nationwide

    Hodge Lodge Debate Series

    Debate-cum-Panel Discussion on Race in Singapore Seminar on Gender: Interrogating Masculinity

    Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship Adjudication

    Teachers in charge

    Ms Umarani

    Ms Ruth Koh



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