SHS is an independent day school for boys from JK to Grade 8. Our mission is to inspire and empower each boy through his formative years.

Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup

Thank you to all of the participants in the fourth annual Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup on February 6, 2016. It was an excellent day of debate and fun. 

Congratulations to Pickering College School (photo, right) who took home this year's Kaufman Cup. 

We were thrilled to have many SHS parents, faculty, staff, alumni parents and Old Boys participate as judges and volunteers. Thank you to all those who joined us in making this a worthwhile day for everyone involved. 

Tournament Components

Parliamentary Debating – Prepared Topic: Following the format of Canadian Parliamentary Debate style, students will prepare in advance for 2 morning rounds of debate on a topic.


Parliamentary Debating – Impromptu Topic: Students are provided with a topic thirty minutes in advance of these rounds and, alongside a partner from their school, will engage in a Parliamentary style debate with points of information permitted. Students will compete in one round of debate on the impromptu topic, side to be determined 30 minutes in advance of the round.


Tournament Divisions

The tournament is divided into two divisions: Grade 6 and 7 in the Junior Division and Grades 8 & 9 in the Intermediate Division. Schools are invited to send up to 8 students in total (division entry may vary).


Competition is both team and individual. The tournament is geared towards welcoming new debaters to the activity, as well as allowing students with some background to experience the thrill of competition.


Top school teams entered are eligible to be named on the Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup, a trophy named in honour of a former Sterling Hall student Harris Kaufman, who began his competitive public speaking and debating experience at The Sterling Hall School.


Judges Wanted


Sterling Hall seeks volunteer judges to assist with the tournament each year. Please click here to learn more about volunteering for this role. No previous experience is required. 

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