Raffles Institution

The Raffles Debaters (Year 5-6)

  • taken by Lau Yun Xi and Yang Zuo for Deck the Walls 2017, 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

    International Oldham Cup 2016
    Champions (Abdul Lateef, Navneeth Kanagavelu, Emily Zhao)
    • Abdul Lateef: 5th best speaker
    • Navneeth Kanagavelu: 6th best speaker
    • Cheang Ko Lyn: 7th best speaker
    • Emily Zhao: 8th best speaker

    DAS-ITE REACH Debate Championship 2016
    Champions (Samuel Loh, Hari Kope, Amanda Chia, Magdalene Lam, Ernest Sng)
    • Hari Kope: Best speaker
    • Samuel Loh: 7th best speaker

    NUS Political Association Debate Series 2016
    Champions (Samuel Loh, Hari Kope, Cheang Ko Lyn, Mahin Hossain, Abdul Lateef)
    • Hari Kope: Best speaker
    • Mahin Hossain: 2nd best speaker
    • Samuel Loh: 5th best speaker

    MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championship 2016
    Champions (Samuel Loh, Hari Kope, Cheang Ko Lyn, Mahin Hossain, Abdul Lateef)
    • Hari Kope: 2nd best speaker
    • Samuel Loh: 4th best speaker
    • Cheang Ko Lyn: 7th best speaker

    Singapore Red Cross-DA(S) International Humanitarian Law Debate Championship 2016
    First Runners-up (Vivian Leong, Lee Ningkai, Emily Zhao, Vicki Ong, Gwendolyn Tan)
    • Emily Zhao: Best speaker
    • Lee Ningkai: 5th best speaker
    • Vivian Leong: 14th best speaker

    Raffles Debate Academy Under-14 Debating Championships 2016
    • Organised a debate competition for 24 secondary schools (20, 27 and 28 May 2016)

    Hodge Lodge Debate Series 2016
    Organised two debate-cum-panel discussions for the student population

    4 March 2016
    • Women and Modern Relationships (Panel Discussion)
    • TH regrets the institution of marriage (Debate)

    8 July 2016
    • Press Freedom (Panel Discussion)
    • TH regrets media censorship in Singapore (Debate)

    Teachers in charge

    Ms Umarani

    Ms Ruth Koh



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