The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 7 and 8

Open to NSW government school students, the competition culminates in a three-day championship camp that includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators. 

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The regional finals series are complete, and 71 debates later each region has officially named its champion! Those ten champions will go on to meet at a three-day residential debating tournament hosted at the Women's College of the University of Sydney to determine the state champion, and you can get a head start on your planning for that camp by checking out the information on the 2022 championship (PDF, 382KB). Best of luck to all 10 schools who will be representing the regions  at the state championships!

Region Champion
Hunter/Central Coast Terrigal High School
Illawarra and South East Karabar High School
New England Armidale Secondary College
North Coast Bellingen High School
Northern Sydney Normanhurst Boys High School
Riverina Aurora College
South Western Sydney Bossley Park High School
Sydney Ashfield Boys High School
Western NSW Dubbo College South Campus
Western Sydney James Ruse Agricultural High School


About the competition

The Years 7 and 8 age division was introduced in 1998 so that for the first time students could debate in a state-wide competition all the way from Year 5 up to Year 12. Today, debating topics cover a wide range of contemporary issues relevant to junior secondary students. Every debate in the challenge is a one hour preparation debate, so that teams do not know the topic or which side of the debate they are on until one hour before the debate starts.

Teams will be organised into zones of six (occasionally fewer depending on entries) and will receive their draw before the start of Term 2. Each team will complete 3 debates against other teams from their zone whenever suits them before mid-Term 3. Once those 3 rounds are completed the team(s) with the best record will be declared the zone champions. Zone champions move on to a regional knockout finals series following which the 10 regional champion teams attend a 3-day championships tournament in Sydney.

The championships camp will run in December 2022 and includes workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators. The state champion team will be awarded The Lloyd Cameron Cup which is named in honour of the longest-serving Speaking Competitions Officer.

Watch the 2020 Years 7 and 8 State Final

NSW Premier’s Debating Challenge 2020 - Years 7 and 8 State Final


This is the final of the Years 7 and 8 division of the challenge, which was held over Zoom on Thursday 10 December 2020.

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