Challenge & Enrichment and Oratory

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Oratory and Challenge & Enrichment

The Scotch Oratory and Challenge & Enrichment Programs continue to be offered, with programs modified to accomodate online learning.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12
Public Speaking
Mock Trial
World Scholar’s Cup
Tournament of Minds
da Vinci Decathlon


SADA Debating

SADA have been working hard to still provide a Schools Competition, with their greatest priority being the welfare, health & safety of all – debaters, coaches, adjudicators, as well as the wider community.

The 2020 Online Schools Competition Draw will be published in the very near future (Students will have already nominated to participate in online debating).

Public Speaking

Public speaking is the ability to speak to an audience effectively; it may be in front of a group of people you already know or a crowd of complete strangers.

Scotch participates in the following competitions: Rostrum Voice of Youth, UN Youth Voice SA, Plain English Speaking Association and Legacy Public Speaking Competition.

SA Law Society Mock Trial

A Mock Trial is a simulated court case in which the participating student teams contest a fictional legal matter in a Mock Court.

To participate online, students will read the case materials, prepare a case and present it. Students may work in pairs.

Challenge & Enrichment

World Scholar’s Cup

The World Scholar’s Cup is a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that comes in last, as the for the team that comes in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivates students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.

This year’s theme is ‘A World Renewed’ which also be incorporated into 2021 in recognition of the challenging circumstances that this year’s scholars are working in.

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of Minds is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents by developing diverse skills in enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively.

The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with twenty-first century skills and strategies. Challenges will be completed and recorded remotely either individually or in teams.

da Vinci Decathlon

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. There are 10 disciplines: engineering, mathematics and chess, code breaking, art and poetry, science, English, ideation, creative producers, cartography and general knowledge.

Events can be entered individually or as a team.


A Philosothon is a friendly “competition” in which students participate in a series of “Communities of Inquiry” and are judged by the quality of their participation. Students are asked to consider open-ended questions whichrequire an extended response to a question. 

Students compete in teams of up to 5 (mixed ages groups welcome) who would be interested in having a conversation together about some big life questions. Conversations are filmed and recorded remotely.