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Sterling Hall's annual Debate Tournament

Join us at the Sterling Hall Cup

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Once again SHS is hosting our annual debate tournament, the Sterling Hall Cup. This is an exciting event where the love of debate is developed at the grade levels where the skill is born!  

Last year we welcomed 90 debaters, coaches, parents, Old Boys and alumni parents acting as volunteer judges and student time-keepers. 

Everyone helped to make the day a great success.
UTS took home the Cup and will be the ones to beat in 2018!

UTS are winners of the Sterling Hall Cup in 2017

Tournament Components

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


Parliamentary Debating – Impromptu Topic: Students are provided with a topic 30 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 and 9 in the Intermediate Division. Schools are invited to send up to eight 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.


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. 

More Information

For more information please contact Laura Medcalf or Jeremy Nusinowitz, Debate Coaches at or



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