CDS Debating and Public Speaking

Students at CDS can begin debating in Grade 7 and enjoy an increasing number of opportunities to compete through Grade 12. By learning the art of debate, students build confidence, develop critical thinking and communication skills, and acquire a wider understanding of current and historical events.
The Debating & Public Speaking Club’s ongoing success over the past nine years has contributed to its growth and popularity as more experienced Senior School students are keen to mentor younger students and help contribute to their skill development.
The Club at CDS has experienced another banner year competing on the world stage. Veteran Debating Coach, Kerstin Wyndham-West, has facilitated this club for more than 20 years and is extremely well respected among her colleagues and students worldwide.

Latest Debating News

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  • Younger Debaters Rising Through the Ranks

    Last week, Arjun Walia ’22 travelled to Winnipeg to participate in the Senior National Public speaking Championships at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School. Arjun scored consistently high across all categories, especially Persuasive, Debate and Impromptu Speaking, however, only the top six students qualify for the World Championships from this event, held next year in Shanghai in April.
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  • Congrats to our Fulford & Jr. National Debaters!

    Last month, three students represented CDS at the Spring Fulford Debate held at Ridley College. Grade 9 students, Tomas Chacin and Danyal Hakeem finished in 4th and 5th placed respectively in the Junior Division, winning coveted citations, and Grade 11 student, Georgie Tsioliswas 11th overall in the Senior Division. Well done, boys!
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  • CDS Debater Wins Worlds for Third Time in Four Years

    CDS made history on Tuesday at the World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) held at Branksome Hall in Toronto this past week. Not only did our veteran coach Ms. Kerstin Wyndham-West bring three students for the first time in her 12 years of qualifying CDS students, but one of our own won the World Championship once again.
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  • CDS Qualifies Three Debaters for Worlds

    For the 12th consecutive year, The Country Day School has qualified a debater for the World Championships held this year from April 11-17 at Branksome Hall in Toronto. There will be 14 students representing Canada, and for the first time three students will be from CDS.
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  • CDS To Host One Week of Debate Camp: June 17-22

    This year, we are excited to announce an amazing opportunity for students in Grades 5-10 to take part in Debate Camp 2019Canada’s public speaking and debating camp at CDS from June 17-22, 2019. This prestigious program, with space for 40 students, is offered for one week only. The directors of the camp are experts in their field, and students work in small groups with highly experienced counsellors.
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Student Testimonial

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  • Kerstin Wyndham-West, Debating Coach

    Kerstin Wyndham-West was born and raised in London, England, and she graduated in 1990 with an MA (Hons) from Hertford College, Oxford University, in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She then spent several years teaching English at the Gymnasium Oberalster in Hamburg, Germany.
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CDS World Qualifiers

CDS Students to qualify for Worlds in the past nine years:

Olivia Railton '17 and
Maeve Tebbutt '19 - Vancouver, BC
2016    Natalie Ganzhorn ’16 and
Olivia Railton ’17 - Pittsburgh, PA
2015 Natalie Ganzhorn ’16 and
Olivia Railton ’17 - Hong Kong, China
2014 Natalie Ganzhorn ’16 - Druskininkai, Lithuania
2013 Natalie Ganzhorn ’16 - Durban, South Africa
2012 Reid Dobell ’12 - Brisbane, Australia
2011 Lucas Regazzi ’12 - Brisbane, Australia
2010 Victoria Sienczewski ’12 - Druskininkai, Lithuania
2009 Genevieve Laurier ’09 and
Rachael Andrew ’09 - Reading, U.K.
2008 Genevieve Laurier ’09 - Winnenden, Germany

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.