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The Raffles Debaters

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photo by Dionne Pok of Raffles Photographers

 

 

Our club seeks to nurture critical thinking and a passion for knowledge in all of our club members, regardless of debating background. We hope to equip our debaters with intellectual dexterity, enhanced speaking skills, and a more perceptive view of the world around us, competencies that will serve you well in both academic pursuits and beyond. However, in the spirit of championing our oft-espoused principles on the importance of an informed choice free from coercion, it is my civic duty to inform you that debating is more than just loud arguing, and it is certainly not easy. It is often trying, and mentally fatiguing. But at the same time, it is immensely rewarding, a transformative experience, and truly, a worthy tradeoff. After all, (not to confuse causation with correlation, but) as the oldest CCA in RI (founded in 1886!) with a strong tradition of excellence, producing luminaries who have gone on to contribute to Singapore such as former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Professor Tommy Koh, we must be doing something right!

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Teacher Mentors



Ms Umarani
Mrs Ruth Koh
Mr Ashton Tan

Achievements & Highlights



Oldham Cup (International)
Champions: Gan Chong Jing (8th Best Speaker), Ivan Toh Sheng Wei (17th Best Speaker), Sophie Low Hui Tong
6th Best Team: Wei Shu Yang (Best Speaker), Muhammad Dhafer B M F K S (2nd Best Speaker), Yeo Shi Wen (4th Best Speaker), Vanessa Lim Zhi Yi, Sun Jiaying

Singapore International Schools’ Debate League
1st runners-up: Muhammad Dhafer B M F K S (Best Speaker), Yeo Shi Wen (2nd Best Speaker), Ivan Toh Sheng Wei
Quarter-finalists: Gan Chong Jing (9th Best Speaker), Chan Chao Qing, Lim Zhi Yi Vanessa

NUS Political Association Debating Championship
Champions: Yeo Shi Wen (2nd Best Speaker), Muhammad Dhafer B M F K S (3rd Best Speaker), Wei Shu Yang (tied 3rdBest Speaker), Sun Jiaying, Sophie Low Hui Tong
Quarter-finalists: Chan Chao Qing (tied 2nd Best Speaker), Mohammad Faisal B Mohammad F, Lim Zhi Yi Vanessa, Hong Yu Wen Lynn, Danial Asyraaf B Idris

MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championship
Semi-finalists: Yeo Shi Wen (1st Best Speaker), Gan Chong Jing (2nd Best Speaker), Muhammad Dhafer B M F K S (3rdBest Speaker), Ivan Toh Sheng Wei (10th Best Speaker), Chen Jin Yang

Singapore Polytechnic Debate Opens
Quarter-finalists: Lau Ka Keong Andrew, Seetharaman Varun Karthik, Liu Jiaxiu

Cambridge Schools Debating Finals Day, Cambridge University (International)
19th Best Team: Yeo Shi Wen (25th Best Speaker), Muhammad Dhafer B M F K S (26th Best Speaker)

International Debate Weekend

World Schools Debating Championship 2018
Two of five national team members are from RI: Ryan Wee Jin Yang (captain) and Siobhan Charlotte Tan Xue Qi

Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debating Championship
Organised a debate competition for 24 secondary schools nationwide

Hodge Lodge Debate-cum-Forum
Modern Romance: Love Actually or Creepy Actually?

Adjudication
Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championship 2018
Debate Association (Singapore) Debating Championships 2018