Diocesan Girls’ School beat Island School in the finals of the Hong Kong Schools Debating Competition 2017 Senior Division (Years 10-13) yesterday. The motion was “This House endorses the use of virtual reality to fulfil socially taboo fantasies.” DGS opposed the motion.
The final eight teams were the top scorers after two previous days of competition on March 26 and April 2. The annual tournament, which was first held in 2008, saw some major changes to the way it is run. This year, the eight preliminary rounds were broken down into four rounds on each day. The winning, or “breaking” teams then faced each other head-to-head in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and yesterday’s grand finals.
The remaining teams in the final were Chinese International School, German Swiss International School, South Island School, Renaissance College, Queen’s College and Diocesan Boys’ School.
Also, this year saw the introduction of the power-pairing system. This pits teams of similar experience, ability and skill against each other, rather than randomly matching teams that could be far stronger than their opponents. This provided a valuable learning opportunity for the many teams taking part for the first time.
Motions debated this year included the idea of universities underwriting students’ loans, the pros and cons of judicial activism in the justice system, and the repercussions of the media glamourizing contact sports.