Sacred Heart School of Halifax is known nationally and internationally in the world of high school debating. As the school with the most winners in national competitions, we have a long and successful history with this sport, recently graduating Canada’s top high school debater.
Debating is not only an enjoyable and highly social activity; it brings with it a host of social and academic skills that will stand a student in good stead for years to come. The ability to develop a cogent argument and stand a deliver an address to a room of strangers are the kind of skills that will reap benefits long after the high school years.
We often attend the McGill University High School tournament, the Oxford Cup, Queen's University Tournament, the Hart House tournament, the Moses Coady Debates, the Sodales tournament, as well as the Junior High Nationals and the National Seminar. We host the Donahoe Cup and the Sacred Heart Debate Camp. We also regularly participate in American tournaments as members of the Debate Association of New England Independent Schools.
Our students place well at these events. Sacred Heart students have placed first individually at each of the Canadian events — four times in the last eight years at the McGill tournament, the largest in North America.
We are committed to advancing Debating programs across Canada and so you are welcome to use the debating materials on our site, although we ask you to acknowledge their source. You can find those materials Here