On April 1 CCC Ming Kei College and Ho Lap College battled in the second round of the Nesta-South China Morning Post Inter-school Debating Competition on whether adoption of Chinese children is best done domestically or abroad. The CCC Ming Kei College team, which had two victories in the preliminary rounds, won the debate with the position that adoption domestically was best. 'I am really pleased we were able to beat Ho Lap College, which is a quality team,' said school coach Perry Bayer. 'The debaters had done research and preparation for two weeks and their hard work was rewarded. I think debating boosts students' confidence in oral examinations. Students will be more confident in speaking out in English.' Tanya Kempston, curriculum development officer in the native English teacher section of the Education Bureau, was the adjudicator. She said she was deeply impressed with the performance of the students. 'The topic is really challenging. The students have done a great job researching and delivering their speeches. It was an interesting and informative debate. I really learned something and I really appreciated it,' Ms Kempston said. 'It was tough to decide the winner but in the end CCC Ming Kei College had a stronger delivery. Their hand gestures and eye contact was great. They were able to function strongly and tightly as a team. They complemented each other extremely well.' Tong Hei-man from CCC Ming Kei College, who was hailed by the adjudicator as 'woman of the match', also described the topic as 'challenging'. 'There are various angles in tackling the issue,' she said. 'I have learned to be critical in my thinking and to look at issues from more than one angle through participating in debates ... Our opponents were really tough. We weren't able to anticipate their rebuttals, but I think our cohesive teamwork carried us to the end.' Teammate Wong Wing-nang added: 'It was really a great experience to participate in a debate. It makes me more confident about public speaking and gave me an opportunity to practise my oral English.'