Competition Reports

Oldham Cup 2020 (Senior Division)

From the 3rd of April to the 12th of May, the ACS (Independent) Debate Club sent 2 IB teams comprising of Tam Di Xi (5.01), Matthew Goh (5.10), Chin Guan Wei (5.18), Gabrielle Lee (5.18), Gwee Yixin (6.09), and Thomas Loke (6.18) to compete in the 2020 Online Oldham Cup. Over the course of 5 rounds, we faced off against local teams such as St Andrew’s Junior College, Dunman High School, and Nanyang Junior College, as well as international teams from Canada, China, and Greece. Our speakers clinched several honours, with Gabrielle Lee (5.18) as 14th best speaker, Gwee Yixin (6.09) as 6th best speaker, and Chin Guan Wei (5.18) clinching 2nd best speaker of the tournament.

First and foremost, we would like to thank God for his steadfast faithfulness to us throughout this competition. We are also grateful to our teachers, Ms Christina Raj and Mr Jacob Mok, for their continued support, as well as our coach, Nicole Seah, for her invaluable feedback and guidance throughout our journey. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Matthew Goh (5.10)

Oldham Cup 2020 (Junior Division)

From 3 April to 12 May, ACS (Independent) sent a team to participate in the junior division of the 2020 Oldham Cup, comprising of Jonathan Yeoh (3.09), Harith Menon (4.09), and Euan Lim (4.11). The tournament was truly a unique experience for the team, not only because it was an international tournament with teams from all over the world, but also because it was conducted online via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. After winning 4 out of 5 gruelling preliminary rounds, we made it to the quarterfinals, where we faced rivals Raffles Institution. After an incredibly close debate, we inched past them to the semi-finals on a 2-1 split decision. Unfortunately, after an exhilarating debate with Team Canada, we just fell short of attaining victory, losing the debate in a narrow 4-3 split. We would like to thank our teachers, Ms Christina Raj and Mr Jacob Mok, for their continued support as well as our coaches, Hui Wen and Nicole, for taking the time to conduct training with us online during these difficult times. Most importantly, we would like to thank God, without whom none of this would have been possible. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Harith Menon (4.09)

Thoburn Cup 2019

On the 19th of October, the school sent a team to Thoburn Cup, comprising John Lagman from 2.01, Jonathan Yeoh from 2.09, Harith Menon from 3.09, and Joshua Ong and Euan Lim from 3.11. The team emerged first runners up after 3 gruelling rounds on the issue of sports. Harith emerged 2nd best speaker of tournament, Jonathan 4th and Euan 8th. We are grateful to our coaches and teachers for the help they gave us while preparing for the tournament. Above all, we are grateful for God, without whom none of this would be possible. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Harith Menon (3.09)

HCI Debate Invitationals 2018

On the 4th and 11th of August, the ACS (Independent) Debate Club sent a team comprising Harith Menon (2.09), Matthew Goh (3.11), Tanay Jacob (3.13), Chin Guan Wei (3.15), and Tam Di Xi (3.16) to compete against other top schools in the Hwa Chong Institution Debate Invitational 2018. Our team made it through the 3 preliminary rounds with a total of 3 wins and defeated worthy opponents from Raffles Institution in the semi-finals. However, despite valiant efforts, we lost in the finals and emerged as first-runners’ up. As an added honour, Matthew Goh was also awarded the Overall Best Speaker Award for the competition.

First and foremost, we would like to thank God for his steadfast faithfulness to us throughout this competition. We are also grateful to our teachers, Mr Jacob Mok and Ms Christina Raj, and our coach, Timothy Ong, for their invaluable support and guidance throughout our journey. To God be the Glory, The Best Is Yet to Be.

Matthew Goh (3.11)

MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships 2018

From the 31st of May to the 2nd of June, our school’s IB Debate Team, consisting of Jonathan Loke (6.06), Michael Lee (6.06), Gabriel See (6.05), Wesley Ng (5.19) and Luke Tay (5.19), competed in the MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships held at ACJC against other pre-tertiary institutions in Singapore. The team made it past the preliminary rounds with 5 out of 6 wins, ranking 3rd. They subsequently debated their way to the Grand Finals, where they faced Victoria Junior College. With a convincing 5-2 split, the team was successful in claiming the championship, the first time in our school’s history since 2010.

In addition, 3 of the 5 speakers ranked in the top 20 positions, with Jonathan in 11th place, Michael in 8th place and Gabriel in 4th place. Jonathan was also named Best Speaker in the Grand Finals. Thanks must be extended to our teachers in charge, Mr Jacob Mok and Ms Christina Raj, as well as the Senior Administration. We would also like to thank our coaches, Mr Walter Yeo and Mr Samuel Wittberger, for their constant patience and dedication to the team. We are also extremely grateful for our seniors and alumni, whose help was instrumental in our preparation for the finals.

Michael Lee (6.06)

Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Championships 2018

On the 19th and 26th of May, our school’s under-14 debating team, comprising Harith Menon and Euan Lim from 2.09, Jonathan Yeoh and Michael Liew from 1.09, and John Lagman from 1.03, took part in the annual Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s competition. There, we pitted ourselves against many teams, taking part in several gruelling rounds until we made it to the finals of the competition. In the finals, we were pitted against Raffles Institution. Despite our best efforts, we lost the finals in a closely contested 4-1 split and emerged as first-runners’ up. Furthermore, Harith Menon emerged as the 4th best speaker in the entire tournament. It has been an amazing learning journey for the team, learning from our mistakes. We would like to thank the senior admin, our teachers in charge, Miss Raj and Mr Jacob Mok, our coaches, Samuel Wittberger and Walter Yeo, and our seniors, all of whom have supported and guided us through our journey. Lastly, we would like to thank God, for without whom none of this would have been possible. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Harith Menon (2.09)

ACJC Orator’s Trophy 2018

On the 24th of February, the ACS (Independent) Debate Club sent Harith Menon from 2.09 to compete in the annual ACJC Orator’s Trophy competition. He persevered throughout the competition, speaking on complex issues, and, despite facing stiff competition from schools like RGS, MGS and Nanyang Girls High, he made it to the finals where he eventually attained second place.

He would like to thank the senior administration, the teachers-in-charge and his coaches for showing constant support and understanding throughout the entire competition. Lastly, he would like to thank God, without him none of this would have been possible. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Harith Menon (2.09)

ACJC Methodist Schools’ Debate Cup 2017

On 21st October, the ACS (I) Debate Club fielded two teams to compete in the Methodist Schools’ Debate Cup 2017. Both teams performed well, facing off against each other in the final round. Team A, comprising Matthew Goh (2.09), Keane Tan (3.10), Thomas Loke (3.11), Bryan Tan (4.10) and Luke Tay (4.11), emerged as the overall champions of the tournament after 3 wins and was awarded the Bishop Dr Robert Solomon Cup. Team B, comprising Dixi (2.10), Guan Wei (2.11), Matthew Tham and Jonathan Lim (both from 3.10), and Joshua Wee (3.12), achieved 2 wins across the 3 rounds. In addition, our debaters from both teams earned competition speaker rankings of note, with Joshua Wee placing 10th, Luke Tay placing 7th, Matthew Tham placing 6th, Thomas Loke placing 5th, Bryan Tan placing 3rd, and Jonathan Lim emerging as the top-ranking speaker, clinching the prestigious Ernest Lau Cup. We would like to thank God, for His unwavering faithfulness and support throughout our training and the competition itself, as well as the Senior Administration, coaches, teachers, and seniors for their support and guidance. To God be the glory, the Best Is Yet to Be.

Bryan Tan (4.10)

Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Championships 2017

For the 2017 ACS (I) U-14 debate team, 20th May marked the beginning of our competitive debate experience. At Raffles Institution, our team comprising of Krishna (2.01), Chin Guan Wei (2.11), Tanay Jacob (2.08), Tan Di Xi (2.10), and Matthew Goh (2.09) gave the debate championships their all. After 7 hours of intense preparation and debate, we emerged from the preliminary rounds having won two out of the three rounds. Although we did not qualify for the break rounds, we still learnt the essential skills of exploring each motion in detail and choosing the best case to run. These will serve us well in our debate journey in the years to come!

Matthew Goh 2.09

ACJC Methodist Schools’ Debate Cup 2016

On the 22nd of October, the ACS (I) Debate Club sent 2 teams to compete against other Methodist Schools in the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Methodist Schools’ Debate Cup 2016. Team B, consisting of Thomas Loke and Matthew Tham (both from 2.09), Vernon Goh and Jonathan Lim (both from 2.10), and Bryan Tan (3.10) earned themselves 2 wins across 3 rounds, while Team A, consisting of Keane Tan (2.09), Joseph Chan (3.09), Luke Tay (3.11), and Wesley Ng (3.15) came in 1st Runners-Up with 3 wins, edged out on points by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School. In addition, many of our debaters earned competition speaker rankings of note, with Jonathan Lim placing 3rd, Vernon Goh placing 4th, Joseph Chan placing 6th, Thomas Loke placing 8th, and Wesley Ng placing 10th. We would like to thank God, for His unwavering faithfulness and support throughout our training and the competition itself, as well as the Senior Administration, coaches, teachers, and seniors for their support and guidance. To God be the glory, the Best Is Yet to Be.

Wesley Ng (3.15)

World School’s Debating Championships 2016

The World School’s Debating Championships 2016 were held in Stuttgart, Germany. Team Singapore competed against over 50 other countries on the biggest international platform in school debating, winning 6 out of 8 preliminary rounds against South Korea, Philippines, Croatia, Nepal, Montenegro and Nigeria and losing to Netherlands and Canada. Team Singapore then went on to beat Thailand in the Partial Double-Octofinal and lost to Denmark in the Octofinals.

As a part of Team Singapore, I served in an Observer position. This was to say that I trailed the team during the 8 pre-tournament spars in Stuttgart, as well as during the competition. I also participated in events like Cultural Night and Break Night.

From this tournament, I took away 2 key insights. The first is the nature of discourse on an international level as an inherently vibrant and diverse one; we ought not let our worldview be parochial and constrained by our own geographical boundaries. The second is more specific to debate; there are a variety of different approaches taken toward the art of debate – to this end, there are things to be taken away from these different mechanisms.

This was an invaluable experience that will definitely be enshrined in my memory for a long time. For the learning and the memories, I am grateful.

Christian Yeo (5.17)

Oldham Cup 2016

In April this year, the IB Debate team participated in the Oldham Cup. The competition saw a myriad of local and schools from around the region competing, including the national teams of China and Hong Kong. Nevertheless, the team of Axl Chua (6.12), Natalie Yeo (6.17) and Sundar Vellaiyappan (6.4) defeated schools such as Raffles Institution (Junior College) to emerge 6th. Axl was also named the 2nd Best Speaker of the tournament.

Natalie Yeo (6.17)

Debate Academy Singapore-ITE Debate Series 2016

On 9th to 10th of April 2016, the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Debate Competition Team, consisting of Gaurav Kumar (5.7), Christian Yeo (5.17), Natalie Yeo (6.17), Sundar Vellaiyappan (6.4) and Axl Chua (6.12) participated in the Debate Association ITE Debate Championships, a tournament jointly organized by the Debate Association of Singapore and the Institute of Technical Education. After three rounds of intensive debating on controversial and poignant issues, which affect Singaporeans, such as the question of conditioning of welfare on the attendance of SkillsFuture classes, the team emerged as the 5th team out of 50 teams in the tournament after narrowly losing to Hwa Chong Institution in the last preliminary round. Two of our speakers also excelled and attained individual accolades, with Axl Chua and Natalie Yeo ranking 9th and 18th respectively in the entire competition.

Sundar Vellaiyappan (6.4)

Debate Academy Singapore-ITE Debate Series 2015

On the 18th of April, our debate team participated in the DA(S)-ITE Debate Series 2015. Debating motions such as “THW abolish independent schools”, our speakers did well to acquit themselves, with Natalie Yeo (5.17) ranking as the 17th best speaker in a field of over 80 debaters from other schools.

Timothy Ong (6.5)

Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Tournament 2015

On the 16th and 23rd of May, our club’s under-14s team participated in the Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Tournament, speaking in 6 rounds of intense intellectual and oratorical battle. Breaking 6th out of 8 breaking teams, we persevered on to reach the Grand Finals meeting Methodist Girls’ School. We fought hard and unfortunately after a 4-3 split decision we ended up as Runners-up. Our debaters indeed gained much from this remarkable experience.

The team comprised of Anson Tay from 2.13, Don Teh from 2.09 (both of whom ranked 7th best speaker of the series), Wesley Ng form 2.13, Joshua Wee, 1.11, and lastly Joseph Chan from 2.10 who ranked 3rd best speaker of the series).

We first and foremost would like to thank God, from whom all blessings flow. We would also like to thank the Senior Administration, our coaches, our teachers and seniors for supporting us throughout the intense period of preparation and competition. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Joseph Chan (2.10)

NUS Student Political Association Debate Series 2015

On the 28th February and 7th March, members of our IB debating team–specifically Axl Chua from 5.12, Natalie Yeo from 5.7, Joie Tan from 6.10, Gavin Goh from 6.18, and Timothy Ong from 6.5–participated in the NUS Student Political Association Debate Series. We faced UWC in the quarter finals, convincingly beating them by a score of 3-0. We then moved on to face Raffles Institution in the semi-finals. After a nerve-biting round where we narrowly edged them out, we faced Hwa Chong Institution in the finals. Unfortunately, after a 4-1 split, we ended up as runners-up of the tournament. We first and foremost would like to thank God, from whom all blessings flow. We would also like to thank our coaches, our teachers, and the Senior Administration ,for their support and guidance. To God be the Glory, the Best is Yet to Be.

Timothy Ong (6.5)

MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships 2014

On the 6th to 7th of June, 2014, our IB debating team participated in the annual MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships. The team consisted of Arthur Lee (5.18), Timothy Ong (5.05), Gavin Ezra Goh (5.18), Jaime Han (6.18) and Kimberley Chiu (5.18). We did our school proud, winning all the preliminary matches to enter the quarter-finals, where we faced NUS High School, and emerged victorious to defeat Victoria Junior College in the semi-final. In a tightly contested Grand Final, we lost to the hosts Anglo-Chinese Junior College in a split decision amongst members of the judging panel. In addition, all three of our speakers (Arthur Lee, Timothy Ong, and Gavin Goh) were honoured amongst the top 20 individual speakers of the tournament. We would like to thank our coach, Mr. Ryan Leow, our teachers, Ms. Christina Raj, Mr. Jacob Mok, and Mr. Gregory Stenta, for their support. We would also like to thank the various alumni who contributed to our cases and gave crucial feedback and guidance, including Walter Yeo, David Crawshaw, Rohan Shah, and many others.

Arthur Lee (5.18)

Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Tournament 2014

On the 24th and 31st of May, the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) debate team participated in the Raffles Debate Academy Under-14s Debate Tournament 2014. After facing tough opponents such as Hwa Chong Institution and Methodist Girls School in the preliminary rounds, we proceeded to break out into the quarter-finals with 3 wins and being placed 1st on the ranking tables. We then proceeded to win the quarter finals against CHIJ St Nicholas, and the semi-finals against Methodist Girls School.

In the finals against our worthy opponents, Raffles Institution, we put up a valiant effort and emerged first runners up.

The team comprised of Joseph Chan from 1.9, and Christopher Low, Gabriel See, Pulkit Athavale, and Michael Lee from 2.10. In addition, Christopher was ranked as the 9th best speaker in the competition, while Pulkit was recognised as the top debater of the tournament.

We would like to thank our coaches, Walter Yeo and Ryan Leow, our seniors, Tim, Arthur, Gavin, Yun Ze, TJ and Axl, the teachers in charge, Ms. Christina Raj, Mr. Gregory Stenta, and Mr. Jacob Mok, as well as other teachers who have been understanding when we were busy with debate.

Thanks to all the supporters who came down to watch us debate and to our juniors, please continue to keep the flame alive, to uphold our rich tradition as a debating school as well as the AC spirit, being men of character while doing so.

Michael Lee (2.14)

ACJC Methodist Cup 2013

On the 19th of October, two teams from the Debate Club participated in the ACJC Methodist Cup Debate Tournament. After a day of intense debating, our senior team emerged as the champions of the tournament and won the Bishop Dr. Robert Solomon Debate Cup. The junior team comprised of Christopher Low from 1.10, Pulkit Athavale from 1.10, Gabriel See from 1.10, Jonathan Loke from 1.11, and Sundar from 3.08; while the senior team comprised of Michael Lee from 1.10, Lee Pak Shuang from 1.01, Gaurav Kumar from 2.07, Axl Chua from 3.16, and Timothy James Chong from 3.14. Additionally, 4 of our debaters made it onto the top 10 best speakers of the tournament, with Christopher placing 9th, Pulkit placing 5th, Axl placing 2nd, and Timothy James Chong placing 1st and winning the Earnest Lau Cup for Best Individual Performance. We would like to thank the senior admin for their unwavering support, our teachers-in-charge Ms. Christina Raj, Mr. Jacob Mok, and Mr. Gregory Stenta, our coaches Mr. Walter Yeo, Mr. Ryan Leow, and Mr. David Crawshaw, our seniors, and lastly (and most importantly) God for blessing us with the clarity of mind and confidence during the competition.

Timothy Chong (3.14)

Harry Elias Partnership Law Debates 2013

From the 20th of February to the 1st of June 2013, Lim Shu En Anne (6.12), Bertrice Hsu Li-Jia (6.12), Keisha Ong (6.10), and Nathalie Koh (6.11) represented Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in The Harry Elias Partnership LLP National Law Debates 2013.

Opposing the motion “Resolved: The Singapore Courts should accord media defendants in defamation suits with special status”, the team beat Andersen Junior College in the General Rounds, qualifying within the top-8 teams to enter the Quarter-Finals. Our debaters went on to beat Temasek Junior College and Raffles Institution 3-0 at the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals respectively to proceed to the Grand Finals.

On the 1st of June 2013, team ACS (Independent) met Hwa Chong Institution at the Grand Finals held at Singapore Management University. At the end of a grueling, challenging round where the team battled the questions of not only their opposing team, but the judges as well, our debaters did the school proud and emerged champions. In addition to winning the championship, the team also received the special award of Best Semi-Finalists and Anne Lim was named the Best Speaker of the Grand Finals.

Lim Shu En Anne (6.12)

Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2013

From February to May 2013, the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) debate team participated in the annual Singapore Secondary School Debating Championships jointly organised by the Debate Association of Singapore. After winning two preliminary rounds against SJI (International) and Hwa Chong Institution, we narrowly lost the third round to Raffles Institution. Rebounding from this loss, we managed to beat the top-ranked team in the division table–Singapore Chinese Girls’ School–in the quarter-finals and won the debate against Hwa Chong Institution in the Semi-Finals. On the 3rd of May, we went up against Raffles Institution in an exciting grand final wherein we debated the motion:  “This House Believes That Formal Debates Between Candidates Should Be an Integral Part of All Election Campaigns”. In a close 3-2 split decision, we clinched the championship shield. Our debaters also received additional honours–Gavin was named the best speaker of the Grand Final and Timothy  ranked 5th overall in the competition. The winning team consisted of Timothy Ong from 4.10, Gavin Goh from 4.16, Wee Yeong Xin from 4.17, Arthur Lee from 4.10, and Axl Chua from 3.16.

Arthur Lee (4.10)

NUS Policy Studies Seminar & Debates Series 2013

On the 6th of April, our school’s IB Debating team contested in the Policy Studies Seminar and Debate Series organised by the NUS Students’ Political Association. Going against opponents from Temasek Junior College, United World College, and Anglo-Chinese Junior College, our team managed to win all our rounds to progress to the grand finals on the 17th of April. In the grand finals, we fought a close and exciting round against worthy opponents Hwa Chong Institution–opponents that we nonetheless triumphed over; we emerged as champions of the debate series. The team consisted of Cheang Kit Lea from 5.18, Jaime Han from 5.18, and Lee Yun Ze from 5.11.

Lee Yun Ze (5.11)

NUS-SCWO Challenge Shield 2013

On the 23rd and 24th of March, our secondary school debate team participated in the NUS-SCWO Challenge Shield, a competition jointly organized by the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations. After four rounds of intense debating wherein we faced debaters from Temasek Junior College, Meridian Junior College, Nanyang Girl’s High School, and even the National Debate Team, we arose as the top-placed secondary school division team after the preliminary rounds. We then proceeded to secure wins against arch-rivals Raffles Institution in the quarter-finals and SJI (International) in the semi-finals. In a 9-0 unanimous adjudicator decision, we triumphed over the team from Hwa Chong Institution and emerged as champions. Additionally, our debaters Timothy, Gavin, and Arthur were tied for a joint 5th overall speaker ranking. The team consisted of Timothy Ong from 4.10, Gavin Goh from 4.16, Wee Yeong Xin from 4.17, Arthur Lee from 4.10, and Timothy Chong from 3.14.

Arthur Lee (4.10)

Harry Elias Partnership LLP National Law Debates 2012

From the 9th of March to the 9th of June 2012, Lim Shu En Anne (5.12), Bertrice Hsu Li-Jia (5.12) and Keisha Ong (5.10) represented Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in The Harry Elias Partnership LLP National Law Debates 2012, a tournament designed to mirror actual court proceedings and the rigours of civil litigation. Our debaters qualified within the top-8 to face Dunman High School in the quarterfinals. They demonstrated great oratorical skill arguing their case against their opponents in the Interrogatories and faced probing questions from the judging panel comprising of three lawyers and a partner of Harry Elias. Taking the round by unanimous decision, they proceeded to the semi-finals against Anglo-Chinese Junior College. It was a battle of wits and words and ultimately our girls bowed out to their formidable opponents by a 2-1 decision.  Considered one of the most gruelling tournaments on the local debate circuit today, it is with pride that our debaters have managed to attain such an achievement. To God be the glory, the best is yet to be.

Lim Shu En Anne (5.12)

Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships 2012

In the annual Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Championships jointly organized by the Debate Association of Singapore and the Julia Gabriel Centre, we managed to clinch the title of third place after many rounds of intense and vigorous debating. Our school was represented by Lee Yun Ze (4.12), Arthur Lee (3.10), Timothy Ong (3.10), Gavin Goh (3.16) and Timothy Chong (2.07). We emerged triumphant in the first preliminary round against United World College but lost the second round to Hwa Chong Institution. We rebounded from this loss, however, by beating Nanyang Girls’ High School in a close debate in the third round, proceeding to the quarter-finals as the 4th overall ranked team on the league table. After winning against CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent, we lost to Raffles Institution in the semi-finals. All was not lost as we gained another victory over Nanyang Girl’s High School in the 3rd/4th placing match. As an additional honour, Lee Yun Ze attained the title of overall 6th ranked speaker while Timothy Ong ranked 7th.

Arthur Lee (3.10)