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Oct. 6, 2023 Funds and Events Committee

The first meeting of the Funds and Events Committee will meet at lunch in room 308 on Oct. 6th.

We will elect the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson and start planning for the October fund raiser.

Our focus is on food service and promotion. (The Adventurers Outdoor Club is responsible for fun and decorations and meets on Tuesdays at lunch. You can choose Tuesday in room 309 or Thursday in room 308.)

Pizza Debate Information Update


  • Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (October-April) from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Oct. 11, 2023 from 4:30-6:00 PM
      • Serious: Should there be absolute freedom of speech or should speech be restricted to prevent harm to others?
      • Fun: Should the Grade 9s have to share lockers so that Grade 12s can each have two lockers?
      • NOTE: For October only, at 6:00 PM we will elect captains
    • Wed. Nov. 8, 2023 from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Dec. 13, 2023 from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Jan. 10, 2024 from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Feb. 14, 2024 from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Mar. 13, 2024 from 4:30-6:00 PM
    • Wed. Apr. 10, 2024 from 4:30-6:00 PM


  • CHSS Library


  • 4:30-4:45 Mini-Teams’ DEBATE OFF (Cahoot game)
    • Mini-teams play against each other
    • Questions are related to the resolutions (related trivia and key terms) and to general debate rules and terms
    • New debaters join mini-teams of their choice
    • The prize is a group gift card for the winning team at McDonald’s (enough for about a dozen ice cream cones)
  • 4:50-5:10 THUNDERING SPEECHES (serious speeches)
    • 60 second speeches, open to everyone
    • Alternating between the two resolutions
    • At the end, everyone can vote for a “best speaker”
      • The four top speakers will form the two teams for the Speed Tournament
      • The four top speakers are then randomly assigned either 1P, 2P, 1O, or 2O
    • At the end, everyone can vote on the winning resolution
      • The winning resolution will be the resolution for the Speed Tournament
  • 5:15-5:25 QUICK-AS-LIGHTNING TOURNAMENT (very quick debate)
    • 1P 2 min – Opening
    • 1O 2 min – Opening
    • 2P 1 min – Rebuttal
    • 2O 1 min – Rebuttal
    • 1O 30 sec – Closing
    • 1P 30 sec – Closing
  • 5:25-5:35 QUESTION PERIOD (all audience members can ask questions)
  • 5:35-6:00 PIZZA PARLIAMENT
    • Start eating pizza, get set up for parliament
    • Fun debate, two sides, openers (pre-selected) speak for 2 minutes each (Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition), then alternating sides with each speech under 1:30 minutes
    • End with a vote on the resolution

Rainmakers Debate Team Captains Update

We will start Debate Team captains. The election/selection process will be on October 11th, during the first Pizza Debate. You can be nominated without going to the Pizza Debate. If you cannot attend the Pizza Debate, please be sure to let Mr. Kertes know that you want to be a captain before the Pizza Debate.

There are six captains:

    • Elected by all debaters at the first Pizza Debate of the year
    • Any team member can be nominated and you may nominate yourself
    • There is a secret ballot and two debaters (drawn randomly from Grade 11/12 debaters) plus the coach are the scrutineers
    • The scrutineers must agree to not share the vote totals with other students
    • One captain for each squad (Thunders, Lightnings, Counsels, Stormers)
    • Squad members may each nominate one other member of their squad (no self nomination)
    • The coach selects from the nominations – based on:
      • Consideration given to the number of nominations (level of support from squad members)
      • Overall balance of the captains in terms of time commitment to debate (there should be a range from little involvement to lots of involvement amongst the captains)
      • Rotating through leaders over time (so that more students can learn by being a captain)
      • Viewpoint diversity, teamwork, and leadership skills
    • The Coach’s Captain is the Middle School Coach, as the coach is a Grade 9 debater who is selected by the high school coach (Mr. Kertes)

The captains choose (as a group):

  • A chairperson to run their meetings and to run the SD52 Junior Debate Tournament
  • A secretary to keep records of the the captains’ meetings
  • A treasurer to keep track of volunteer time and money spent (receipts, etc.)
  • A social events planner to be in charge of the social events (with help from the other captains)
  • Two Pizza Debate planners to be in charge of the Pizza Debates (with help from the other captains)

The Captains are in charge of:

  • The Pizza Debates
    • Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:30-6:00 PM (October to May)
    • Order the pizza, plan the food
    • Choose the resolutions
    • Run the debates, speeches, cahoot, etc.
  • SD52 Junior Debate Tournament (grades 4-8)
    • Thursday Feb. 29th
  • Team Socials (see the posters below for naming clues)
    • Stormers’ Mid Year Pizza Party (at PRMS) – Dec. 15th (time TBD)
    • Winter Homecoming Party – Wednesday Dec. 20th (time TBD)
    • Year End Debate Team Party for PRMS – Apr. 27th (time TBD)
    • Garden Party – Wednesday May 1st (time TBD) (this is the year-end event and when the MVD is announced – see below on the MVD)
  • Choosing the BTS of each tournament or major event
    • The BTS is the “best team supporter” for each tournament or major event
    • The captains will choose the BTS at the end of each tournament or major event – there is only one BTS for each event
    • The captains will come up with the criteria and process for making this choice
    • A captain cannot be a BTS (in the year when they are captain)
    • You can only be a BTS once per year
  • Social activities at Debate Team tournaments and major events
    • Thunder and Lightning Debate Tournament – Nov. 6th
    • Northern Lights Debate Tournament – Jan. 20th
    • SD52 Junior Debate Tournament – Feb. 29th
    • North Coast Regional Model Parliament – March 9th
    • CHSS/PCS Student Mock Trials – April 27th
  • Choosing the MVD
    • The MVD is the “most valuable debater” of the year – this is the highest honour that the team bestows on a debater
    • The captains will choose the MVD at the end of the year – there is only one MVD in that school year
    • The captains will come up with the criteria and process for making this choice
    • A captain cannot be the MVD (in the year when they are captain)
    • The MVD will be announced at the Garden Party (April 17th)

Oct. 3, 2023 Northern BC Outreach Committee

Chair: Mr. Kertes
Committee Members in Attendance: Shawn, William, Rio, David, Nakayla, Clay

  1. The meeting was called to order at 11:35 AM.
  2. New Business
    • Election of the Chair
      • Moved to nominate Shawn (Rio/David)
      • Moved to nominate Rio (Rio/William)
      • Moved to nominate Nikayla (Shawn/David)
      • Moved to nominate Clay (Clay/Rio)
      • Vote by secret ballot
      • Chair: Shawn
      • Vice Chair: Clay
    • Discussion on Recruitment Plan
      • We discussed ideas
      • Next meeting, bring your proposals (we will vote on what to do)
  3. Adjournment
    • David moved to adjourn
    • Meeting was adjourned at 12:05 PM

Next meeting: Tuesday Oct. 10, 2023 from 11:35 AM to 12:00 PM

Resources for Discussing Ideas in Class

Open Discourse Strategies

Open inquiryAsking questions and sharing ideas without the risk of censure.
Viewpoint diversityAllowing diverse peoples with diverse perspectives to come together and challenge claims, deepen understanding, and engage in dialogue.
Constructive disagreementDiscussing ideas and perspectives across lines of difference that help us better understand our own viewpoints and those of others.
Compassion for othersKeeping in mind that conversations happen in relation to one other. Demonstrating respect for one another in how we talk and listen to each other strengthens these relationships and helps build community for all.
Source (with modification/addition): Heterodox Academy

Open Discourse Classroom Posters

Mr. Kertes is an English teacher in Prince Rupert, in the territory of the Ts’msyen, at Charles Hays Secondary School - home of the Rainmakers.