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's annual Debate Tournament

The York School are winners of the 2018-2019 Sterling Hall Cup Debate Tournament. Congratulations!

The 2020 Sterling Hall Cup takes place Saturday, February 1 from 9AM - 1:45PM.

The 2020 Sterling Hall Cup resolution:

Be it resolved that all incidents of violence committed by high school students, on school property and resulting in physical injury, should be reported to police.

We welcome debating coaches, Old Boys, and current and alumni parents to act as judges as debate teams from across the GTA vie for the Sterling Hall Cup in three exciting rounds of debating excellence. Everyone helps to make the day a success!

Please contact to volunteer.

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 contact to volunteer.

More Information

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



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