Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

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The competition has wrapped up for 2017! The three-day championships tournament at Stanwell Tops saw some pretty spectacular debating, culminating in a win for South Coogee Public School (you can watch the state final below). They beat out regional champion teams from Bathurst West PS, Deniliquin North PS, Gerringong PS, Kurrajong PS, Laurieton PS, Middle Harbour PS, St Andrews PS, Timbumburi PS and Toukley PS. Congratulations to all those schools and to all the teams who made this year's challenge the biggest and best so far. Entries for next year will open in time for first day back, and we're looking forward to doing it all over again. Cheers for a great year, folks!

Basic Information

The Years 5&6 competition started out in 1995 as a challenge issued by the primary school debating champion from the Hunter Region to other regional winners, which is why the trophy awarded to the state champion is called the Hunter Challenge Trophy. It's quickly grown since then to become by far the largest age division in the Premier's Debating Challenge, with over 800 teams entering in 2017. At every level of the challenge the debates involve 1-hour unassisted preparation, which means that the four team members only find out the topic 1 hour before the debate, and are then given an hour without any help from a teacher or anyone else to prepare their case. After four such round-robin debates and a series of knock-out finals, the remaining ten regional champions meet at a three-day camp for a series of debates to determine the state champion.

Topic Areas and Completion Dates

Round / completion date

Topic area

Round 1 to be completed by the end of Week 5 Term 2


Round 2 to be completed by the end of Week 7 Term 2

The media

Round 3 to be completed by the end of Week 10 Term 2

Parents & kids

Round 4 to be completed by the end of Week 2 Term 3

Health & fitness

Round 5 to be completed by Week 4 Term 3 (only if your zone has one!)


Zone winners to be finalised by the end of Week 4 Term 3


Regional finals to take place in the second half of Term 3


Championships to take place from 12 to 15 November, Stanwell Tops



You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2017 final below by either clicking play, or if you prefer you can click here and you'll be taken to Vimeo to watch the debate. 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.