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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The championships are over, and after the closest race we've ever seen (more on that later!) the team from Alstonville Public School have won the 2022 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6! They successfully affirmed 'That kids should be given a second chance to complete their assignments if they get a bad mark' against an equally amazing and brilliant team from Randwick Public School. Both Randwick and Alstonville won 3 of their 4 debates in the round robin section of the championships, but to prove how even things were the next 7 teams all picked up 2 wins, making this the most evenly matched group of regional champions to ever reach the state finals (by a long, long way.) Congratulations to all of those teams and to everyone who made the 2022 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5 and 6 such a rollicking success, and thanks to all the teachers who put their hands up, devoted their time and made the competition happen. We'll see you all next year for what will doubtless be an even bigger race to knock off Alstonville and be crowned the state champions!

Region Champions
Hunter/Central Coast Terrigal Public School
Illawarra and South East Jamberoo Public School
New England Gunnedah South Public School
North Coast Alstonville Public School
Northern Sydney Wakehurst Public School
Riverina Deniliquin North Public School
South Western Sydney Concord West Public School
Sydney Randwick Public School
Western NSW Orange Public School
Western Sydney Barnier Public School

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."'


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