Year 11 Metro Debating Challenge

Basic Information

The Year 11 Metropolitan Debating Challenge began in 1953 and was named after Karl Cramp - a secondary school inspector for many years and a prominent member of the Royal Australian Historical Society. It is open to students in Year 11 attending government schools in Sydney.

The competition is now sponsored by the School of Law and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. All teams that enter take part in a round robin and topics at this level will be on a legal or communication arts issue. Similar topics will also be used in later rounds of the competition. The winners will receive the Karl Cramp perpetual trophy and the student judged as best speaker in the state final will be awarded the E.G. Whitlam Trophy.  

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Topic Areas and Completion Dates

Round / completion date

Topic area

Round 1 to be completed by Friday 5 May (end Wk 2 T2)

Education

Round 2 to be completed by Friday 26 May (end Wk 5 T2)

Law

Round 3 to be completed by Friday 16 June (end Wk 8 T2)

Sport

Zone winners to be finalised by Friday 30 June (end Wk 10 T2)

General

Regional finals to be held in July

Law/Environment

State semi-finals to be held at WSU Parramatta on Friday 11 August

General

State final to be held at WSU Parramatta on Friday 1 September, 11.30am

General

 

2016 State Final

Congratulations to Hornsby Girls High School, winners of the 2016 Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 Metro. They defeated Caringbah High School in the final which took place on Friday 2 September at Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus. Pictured below are the winning team with the trophies. Left to right front:Mary Bajo, Nishka Tapaswi, Lily Henke and Alisha Mathias. Left to right back:The Hon Antony Whitlam QC, and Catherine Dovey who presented the E. G. Whitlam Trophy for best speaker to Nishka Tapaswi.

2016 Year 11 Winners

You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2016 final below by clicking play. If you just click on the title you'll be taken to Vimeo to watch the debate, and there you'll have more options like being able to download the video or jump between speakers by clicking on their times. Congratulations again to these debaters and everyone who made the competition such a success.