Stretch Programme

BDS Debate Team

The BDS Debating Programme is a literacy programme that provides students with opportunities to develop intellectual rigour and critical thinking in their use of the English Language. We aim to develop in our students life-long values, skills and competencies that help them acquire global awareness and develop their communication, collaborative and critical thinking skills.

The programme aims to: 

(i)  Develop independent, confident and effective users of the language through varied activities
      that help to hone their communication skills,

(ii)  Inculcate an intellectual curiosity of real-world global and social issues, and    
      be innovative problem-solvers in approaching such issues

(iii) Collaborate as a team through active participation in various competitions, both on            
     local 
and international platforms, such as the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating
     Championships and the World Scholars' Cup.

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Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC) – Division III

This year, the debate team participated in the Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships (SSSDC). The competition functions as the Nationals of the debating culture in Singapore, and gives the students a chance to participate in a competition format that allows them to gauge where they stand against their peers. The competition also serves as a learning experience for the students, as they get to interact with debate adjudicators, and gather feedback personally on how to improve their debating skills. In both 2017 and 2018, the school has also hosted one of the preliminary rounds, giving our students a chance to run the rounds in the debating tournament.


This year, the team has done us proud and gotten to the semi-finals of the competition. Additionally, three of our debaters have also gotten in the top 20 positions, with Chloe Tan (4D) achieving the 13th position, Nur Aisyah Firzanah (4B), achieving the 8th position and Ryan Teo (4D) achieving the Best Speaker position in the division.


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World Scholar's Cup 

Since 2017, the BDS debaters have participated in the World Scholar's Cup, and have done the school proud with their achievements. The World Scholar's Cup is an academic programme that aims to celebrate the joy of learning with a global community of young scholars and future leaders. Each year, a central theme that aims to reflect the world is unveiled and this year's theme is 'An Entangled World'. Teams are then challenged to put their understanding of six subjects (Social Studies, Science and Technology, History, Arts and Music, Literature and Special Area) as they are tested in debate, writing, general knowledge, and critical analysis.

In 2017, our students have qualified for the global round in Hanoi, Vietnam, which had close about 3600 participants from 40 countries, following which, they then qualified for the Tournament of Champions at Yale University, USA in November. Our students have done us proud by attaining both gold and silver medals in the various events. Some notable mentions would be our senior team attaining the 87th position in the Scholar’s Bowl Team event at the Global round, and Ryan Teo receiving the honor medal and top position in the Scholar’s Challenge (Science) at the Tournament of Champions round.

This year, we are immensely proud that our students have done well in the Singapore round, and won a total of 12 gold and 37 silver medals. A number of our students have even ranked in the top 20 for a myriad of awards for the various events. As a result of our achievements, we are proud to have all our teams qualified for the global round in Kuala Lumpur and we wish them all the best in Kuala Lumpur.

For more information about this programme, please refer to the website: http://scholarscup.org/

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Awards

2018

Date

Department

Competition

Achievement

Mar-18

English

World Scholar’s Cup (Singapore)

Junior category

Individual Debate Champions

50th position (silver)

Tan Jia Xin Calista(2A)

Individual Debate Champions

40th position (gold)

Siti Mariah Binte Ahmad(2C)

Individual Writing Champions

50th position (silver)

Jeralyn Natal(2D)

 

Individual Writing Champions

44th position (gold)

Vernon Soong Yu Jie(1A)

 

Individual Writing Champions

34th position (gold)

Todt Kristian Elias(2D)

 

Individual Writing Champions

15th  position (gold)

Tan Jia Xin Calista(2A)

 

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

16th position (silver)

Daniel Wee Jun Jie(2D), Todt Kristian Elias(2D), Siti Mariah Binte Ahmad(2C)

 

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

12th position (silver)

Chin Jun Heng(2A), Gwyneth Goh Jia Yun(2B), Sheryl Lim Shi Jia(2C)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Special Area

(Honor medal) (gold)

10th position

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

All Subjects

(Honor medal) (gold)

11th position

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

All Subjects

(Honor medal) (silver)

Fiza Pasha Khan (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Social Studies

(Honor medal) (silver)

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

History

(Honor medal) (silver)

Daniel Wee Jun Jie (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

History

(Honor medal) (silver)

Cruz Julian Sebastian Evangelista (1A)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Literature

(Honor medal) (silver)

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Science

(Honor medal) (silver)

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Individual Champion Scholar

50th position (silver)

Tan Jia Xin Calista (2A)

 

Individual Champion Scholar

32nd position (silver)

Todt Kristian Elias (2D)

 

Senior

Individual Writing Champions

49th position (silver)

Ho Ying Yun (3A)

Individual Writing Champions

47th position (silver)

Low Yun Kin Venice

 

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

16th position (silver)

Rahul Singh s/o Jacjit Singh (3A), Ho Ying Yun (3A), Tan Jian Rong (3A)

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Special Area

(Honor medal) (silver)

Low Yun Kin Venice (3B)

 

Apr-18

English

Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships

Semi-finalists

 

Top 20 Speakers

13th position

Chloe Tan Shi Hui (4D)

 

Top 20 Speaker

8th position

Nur Aisyah Firzanah Bte Abdul Khaliq (4B)

 

Top 20 Speakers

Overall Best Speaker

Teo Wei An Ryan (4D)

 


2017

Date

Department

Competition

Achievement

Apr-17

English

Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships

James Richard Fisher IV
(Top 10th Speaker)

World Scholar’s Cup (Singapore)

Junior category

Scholar’s Challenge: Special Area

(Honor medal)

Justin Wong

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Social Studies

(Honor Medal)

Justin Wong

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Arts

(Honor medal)

Choy Wen Xuan

 

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Literature

(Honor medal)

Choy Wen Xuan

Chong Xi Sing

 

Scholar’s Challenge:

Arts

(Honor medal)

Choy Wen Xuan

Chong Xi Sing

 

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

10th position (Gold)

Tan Jian Rong, Choy Wen Xuan and Chong Xi Sing

 

Individual Writing Champions

14th position (Gold)

Low Yun Kin Venice

 

Individual Writing Champions

15th position (Gold)

Choy Wen Xuan

 

Debating Team

11th position (Silver)

Justin Wong, Joy Chiew, Venice Low

 

Senior

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

10th position (Gold)

Ryan Teo, Suriani and Chloe Tan

Individual Debate Champions

22nd position (Silver)

Ryan Teo

 

Individual Debate Champions

38th  position (Silver)

James Richard Fisher IV

 

Individual Champion Scholar

45th position (Silver)

Ryan Teo

 

 

Overall Champion Team

23rd position

Chloe Tan, Ryan Teo, Suriani Zaini

 

Jul-17

English

World Scholar’s Cup (Global-Hanoi)

Junior category

Scholar’s Bowl

290th position (Silver)

Teng Yan Liang, Venice Low, Tan Jian Rong

Individual Debate Champions

377th  position (Silver)

Low Yun Kin Venice

Senior category

Scholar’s Bowl (Team)

87th position (Gold)

Nur Aisyah Firzanah, Ryan Teo, Chloe Tan

Individual Debate Champion

391st position (Silver)

Nur Aisyah Firzanah

Individual Debate Champions

206th position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

Scholar’s Challenge: Social Studies

97th position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

Scholar’s Challenge: Literature

67th position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

Individual Champion Scholar

231st position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

Overall Champion Team

110th position (Silver)

Nur Aisyah Firzanah, Ryan Teo, Chloe Tan

Nov-17

English

World Scholar’s Cup (Tournament of Champions @ Yale University)

Senior category

Individual Debate Champion

154th  position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

Individual Writing Champions

123rd position (Gold)

Chloe Tan

 

 

 

Scholar’s Challenge: Science

Silver

Nur Aisyah Firzanah

 

 

 

 

Scholar’s Challenge: Science

1st position (Gold)

Ryan Teo

 

 

 

 

Scholar’s Challenge: Literature

Silver

Ryan Teo

 

 

 

 

Scholar’s Challenge: Literature

15th position (Gold)

Chloe Tan

 

 

 

 

Debate Champions (Team)

136th position (Silver)

Nur Aisyah Firzanah, Ryan Teo, Chloe Tan