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In March 2019, sixteen grade 6 students and one grade 5 student represented CIS at the Singapore round of the annual World Scholar’s Cup (WSC) at Dulwich College. Even though this was only our second year participating, CIS students excelled, with many ranking in the top 20 across a range of the events.

The World Scholar's Cup is a global academic tournament that sees students competing in a scholar’s bowl, a collaborative writing task, a team debate and the scholar’s challenge. Students work together in teams of three to research, debate, and solve problems related to the theme provided.

Our students were dedicated and determined to do well. They met with me every Thursday after school to study and prepare for the competition. In order to be ready for the competition, and to develop the skills needed, they participated in a variety of learning activities that employed communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skill. Students also demonstrated substantial grit and perseverance, as preparation for this event as students studied 2 subject areas outside of the weekly meetings.

Due to the high level of success, many of our CIS scholars are moving on to the global rounds in various countries around the world! I am so proud to be their mentor this year. We also must thank their subject mentors: Ms Tianshu Ge (grade 5) and Ms Yakoob (grade 6) as well as Ms Dobson (SK teacher) and Mr Small (grade 4) for their support at the event!

So what did our students find most memorable about their experience? We speak with a few of them to find out:

Jintong Y: The most memorable part for me was the debate segment where my team had to compete against other teams. I loved it because we had good teamwork and I felt that it was a happy and fun experience to debate on various topics with people from other schools!

Marcus L: The debate showcase was probably the most exciting part for me. The best speakers had to form teams for a final debate, while other outstanding speakers were chosen to be on the panel of judges. I was fortunate enough to be on the panel of judges and I literally leapt out of my seat when my name was announced. The chance to learn, and even judge those who were better than us, was such a great and aspiring experience. For me, the most memorable highlight of my experience in WSC has got to be the part where we discussed and decided on the final winners.

Kayla N: The most memorable parts were participating in the debates and getting recognised for my performance during the awards ceremony. I also enjoyed watching my friends go up on stage to receive their medals as well.

Well done everyone!

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