St Bede’s College has a proud tradition of public speaking and debating and has a continuous record of competing in the Canterbury Regional Schools Debating Champs for The Press Cup since this competition began in 1988..
Canterbury representatives are announced at this tournament and Bedeans have regularly been chosen to represent Canterbury at the national schools competition. Several students have also been selected for the New Zealand Secondary School’s Debating Team.
Competitions entered include the Canterbury Schools Regional Debating Tournament, the Bishop Lyons Shield (Senior Team), Senior Impromptu competition and Junior Press (early September) for Yr 10 & 11. The school runs a junior (Yr 9 & 10) inter house competition called The Hogan Cup after former teacher and priest Fr Jack Hogan. The debating is the final event of this competition held in Term 4 each year.
Students are charged a small subscription of $30. The teacher contact for debating is Mrs Kilpatrick.