2012 Wales Schools Debating Championships

This competition is open to all students in Wales. Each secondary school or college is allowed one team of 2 speakers.

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The initial stage of the competition is divided into 8 regional rounds, which are followed by national quarter-finals and semi-finals, and the Final in Cardiff. The winners will then represent Wales at the English-Speaking Union’s International Schools Mace in May 2013.

Topics for the debates, which take place in English, are sent to competitors in September, along with a copy of our Debating Cue Cards. If you’re new to the competition, don’t worry! We also organise Debate Training Days to help students understand what is required.

The quarter- and semi-finals of the tournament take place in early November and the Final on 25 November. The champions will represent Wales at the English-Speaking Union’s International Schools Mace Final in May 2012!

We are also once again offering debaters the chance to represent Wales at the World Schools Debating Championships, which take place in Turkey in February 2013. Any debater who enters the Wales Championships – and any other student with some debating experience – may apply for a place on Team Wales by completing an application form. We will then invite students to take part in a Selection Weekend in early November. Depending on the number of participants, this may be followed by a final Selection Day later that month. Forms will be available, along with full details of the process, at the regional rounds in October.

Regional rounds

Swansea & Neath Port Talbot
4 October 2012
Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire
5 October 2012
Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest

Rhondda Cynon Taf, Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend
10 October 2012
Y Pant Comprehensive School, Pontyclun

Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent & Monmouthshire
12 October 2012
King Henry VIII School, Abergavenny

Gwynedd, Conwy & Ynys Môn
16 October 2012
Ysgol Friars, Bangor

Denbighshire, Flintshire & Wrexham
17 October 2012
Howell's School, Denbigh

18 October 2012
Llanidloes High School

Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil & Caerphilly
23 October 2012
Radyr Comprehensive School, Cardiff /
Bishop of Llandaff High School, Cardiff

24 October 2012
Regional Final

» Registration form - Word (151Kb)
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