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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Debating in the 2022 Years 9 and 10 age division is officially underway! If you're one of the teachers managing a team you should already have the draw for your zone along with all the other details for this year's challenge, and the topics for all your debates will be posted out to schools shortly. You can download the Years 9 and 10 competition information on the right of this page or visit the Competitions Hub where you can book an online adjudicator or check out all the draws and results to date. Best of luck to all the teams!

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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