The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6

Open to NSW public school students, this age division culminates in a 3-day championship camp that includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators.

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Entries in the 2022 competition have now closed. Please contact the Speaking Competitions Officer on 02 8512 1172 if you need to explore the possibility of a late entry in the competition.

Debating is now underway, so if you're one of the teachers running a team you should already have an email assigning you to a zone and outlining your opponents and their contact details. You can book an adjudicator for an online debate and check out all the scheduled debates (and the results as they come in) by visiting the Competitions Hub. Best of luck for a cracking year of debating!

About the competition

The Years 5 and 6 competition is the largest of the age divisions in the Premier's Debating Challenge. It began in 1995 when the Hunter region issued a challenge to the other regions of NSW to send their best primary school team to a championships in Newcastle, which is why to this day the state champion is awarded the Hunter Challenge Trophy.

Teams compete in a series of one hour unassisted preparation debates, meaning that the 4 team members of the team only find out the topic one hour before the debate, and are then given an hour without any assistance to prepare their case. Teams will be organised into zones of six or more. Each team will complete 4 debates against other teams from their zone at times and dates that suit the schools involved. Zone debates will occur from the start of Term 2 until mid-Term 3. Once those 4 rounds are completed the team(s) with the best record will be declared zone champions and will compete in a regional knockout finals series. Following that, the 10 regional champions will attend a 3-day championships tournament at Stanwell Tops to determine the state champion. The championships will run in mid-November 2022.

Watch past Years 5 and 6 finals


NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge 2020 - Years 5 and 6 State Final

Terrigal Public School (on the affirmative) and North Sydney Public School (on the negative).

World’s Biggest Debate 2021 – Years 5 and 6 Grand Final

This is the 2021 final between Alexandria Park Community School and Randwick Public School. The topic is "That students should be picked for selective high schools based on their primary school record instead of a test."



Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit
The Debating team
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