In 2015 DBS learners took part in the World Scholar’s Cup for the first time, with great success in the local Doha round. The school brought home the award for the best Rookies, with every team member, 15 young people in all, gaining the right to proceed to the Global Round in Kuala Lumpur.
The World Scholar’s Cup is described by its organisers as ‘a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as for the team that came in first, an enrichment opportunity that motivated students not just to demonstrate their existing strengths but to discover new ones.’ In these ways the World Scholar’s Cup is different to other academic competitions.
During an event, young people take part in teams of three across four different competitions:
- 1. During the Team Debate each team debates three times, on motions across all the subjects, from policy to poetry. Each member of the team must speak for four minutes and after each round winning teams face other winners—and non-winners other non-winners.
- 2. During the Scholar’s Bowl every team competes against one another in the theatre. Teams work together to solve analytical questions and multimedia challenges.
- 3. The Collaborative Writing challenge sees each team member debating with the power of their pen. Teams are given six statements, each from a different subject area, and are asked to choose one to argue for or against. Each team member must compose the most persuasive essay possible.
- 4. The Scholar’s Challenge sees each team member test their knowledge in a multiple choice quiz.
The World Scholar’s Cup also gives students an opportunity to take part in the Scholar’s Talent Show.
The World Scholar’s Cup is a celebration of learning that challenges teams to work together and inspire each other.