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The Raffles Debaters

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Debate presents a unique intellectual challenge – finding two sides to any issue and being able to defend a side that is not congruous to your beliefs. The thrill of rising to give a speech, trying to squeeze as many lines of logic as you possibly can in the short eight minutes, with adrenaline coursing through your veins, is something all of us here have come to love. If you’ve ever found yourself searching for that extra adrenaline, or a space where you can debate the most random yet most important issues facing our world today – from feminism, to geopolitics, economics, culture –you’ve come to the right place.

Teacher Mentors



Ms Umarani
Mrs Ruth Koh

Achievements And 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