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 14 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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  • 2022 Annual Ontario Qualifier Results

    The 2022 Annual Ontario Qualifier for the Canadian National Public Speaking and Debating Championships were held Monday at Branksome Hall in Toronto. Sarah Croxon '24Ethan Wahba '24 and Diviya Amarnath '25 competed in this tournament consisting of four different rounds, including Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
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  • Public Speaking Competition in Boston

    Our three CDS debaters performed extremely well at last week’s International Independent Schools' Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC) held at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Ananya Kapur ‘26 placed in the top 20 for Interpretive Reading and Diviya Amarnath ‘25 placed in the top 8 for Radio Newscast.
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  • A CDS Debater Wins Worlds For Fourth Time in Seven Years!

    A CDS debater made history once again last weekend at the 34th annual World Independent Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) hosted virtually by The Country Day School. As a finalist in all four of her events, Grade 12 student Maria Ivoditova captured the overall World Champion title, and was a Grand Finalist in Impromptu Speaking and Interpretive Reading.
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  • CDS to Host Two Weeks of Canada's Debate Camp: June 27-July 8

    We are excited to announce that Canada’s public speaking and debating camp, Debate Camp 2022, for students in Grades 5-10 is holding two one-week camp programs at CDS this summer:  June 27-June 30 and July 4-8. Run by experienced educators, Debate Camp directors believe in providing an academic enrichment opportunity to youth across Canada and the Northeastern United States via a set of exceptionally well-organized, safe and accredited summer camps. Debate Camp believes in a well-balanced program where an academic focus is combined with opportunities for traditional camp games, and a fun and inspiring approach to learning.
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  • CDS Hosts 34th Annual World Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championships This Month!

    Starting this Saturday, The Country Day School will be hosting the prestigious 34th World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. From April 2-6, the event will run asynchronously with judging of pre-recorded submissions only. Then from April 9-10, it will run in three separate time zones, with Finals and Grand Finals for all events to be held live on Zoom from April 16-17 EDT.  
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CDS World Qualifiers

CDS Students have qualified for Worlds for the past 15 years (those listed in bold were WIDPSC Champions):

Maria Ivoditova '22 - virtual due to COVID
Maria Ivoditova '22 - virtual due to COVID
Eliza Pasha '22 - virtual due to COVID
Anna Croxon '20, Anaïs Leiva von Bovet '19 and
Maeve Tebbutt '19 - Toronto, ON
Anaïs Leiva von Bovet '19 and
Maeve Tebbutt '19 - Cape Town, South Africa
Olivia Railton '17 and
Maeve Tebbutt '19 - Sydney, Australia
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


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Land Acknowledgment

CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land.  CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.

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.