The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 9 and 10

A state-wide competition with zone winners progressing to regional and state-wide knockouts to determine the state champion.

Junior debating team

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The Years 9 and 10 state final is done and dusted and the 2022 champions are Sydney Girls High School. They defeated James Ruse Agricultural High School in a cracking final by successfully negating the topic 'That Australia should ban cosmetic surgery.' You'll be able to watch a video of the entire final below in the next few days, and until then congratulations to both finalists, to all the state quarter-finalists (listed below) and to all the teams and teachers who made the 2022 Years 9 and 10 competition such a rollicking success. Hope to see you all back next year to knock off the state champions!

2022 Years 9 and 10 State Quarter-Finalists
Armidale Secondary College
Glenmore Park High School
James Ruse Agricultural High School
North Sydney Girls High School
Orange High School
Smiths Hill High School
Sydney Boys High School
Sydney Girls High School

About the competition

This competition began in 1950 with the donation of a trophy by Charles and Fred Teasdale for an annual debating competition at intermediate level between high schools on the north shore. Over the years it has expanded into a state-wide competition for all government schools.

As with the other age divisions, all debates in the challenge are one hour preparation debates, so teams do not know the topic or which side of the debate they are on until one hour before the debate starts. In Years 9 and 10 the 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 and will compete in a knockout finals series to determine the state champion. The state final will be held in November 2022.

Watch the 2020 Years 9 and 10 State Final

2020 Years 9 and 10 Final

Cammeraygal High School and James Ruse Agricultural High School reached this state final. The topic of the debate is 'That parents should be able to withdraw their children from sex education classes.'


Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit
The debating team
The Arts Unit

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