The Year 11 Metropolitan Debating Challenge began in 1953 and was named after Karl Cramp - a secondary school inspector for many years and a prominent member of the Royal Australian Historical Society. It is open to students in Year 11 attending government schools in Sydney.
The competition is now sponsored by the School of Law and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. All teams that enter take part in a round robin and topics at this level will be on a legal or communication arts issue. Similar topics will also be used in later rounds of the competition. The winners will receive the Karl Cramp perpetual trophy and the student judged as best speaker in the state final will be awarded the E.G. Whitlam Trophy.
2016 State Final
Congratulations to Hornsby Girls High School, winners of the 2016 Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 Metro. They defeated Caringbah High School in the final which took place on Friday 2 September at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus. Pictured below are the winning team with the trophies. Left to right front:Mary Bajo, Nishka Tapaswi, Lily Henke and Alisha Mathias. Left to right back:The Hon Antony Whitlam QC, and Catherine Dovey who presented the E. G. Whitlam Trophy for best speaker to Nishka Tapaswi.
You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2016 final below by clicking play. If you just click on the title you'll be taken to Vimeo to watch the debate, and there you'll have more options like being able to download the video or jump between speakers by clicking on their times. Congratulations again to these debaters and everyone who made the competition such a success.