The Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12

The competition is open to senior students in NSW public schools. Teams are grouped into zones and compete in a round-robin competition.

2022 applications

Applications open Friday 28 January (Term 1 Week 1)
Applications close Monday 14 February 2022 (Term 1 Week 4)

debating team

About the competition

The competition is the oldest of its kind in NSW beginning in 1930. 

The competition takes the form of one hour preparation debates with both sides having a choice of 3 topics. All teams are grouped into zones of 4 or 5 schools for the round-robin level of the competition and after the zone winners have been determined the competition enters a knock-out phase.

Please explore the past winners of the competition, and watch the finals of past competitions.

Congratulations to Smiths Hill High School who won the Premier’s Debating Challenge for Years 11&12 in a fantastic debate against Sydney Girls High School on Friday 17 September.

Smiths Hill state champions 11&12 2021 (JPG, 3.61 MB)
Smiths Hill High School Year 11&12 debating team
(Image captured prior to COVID-19)


Justine Clarke
Speaking Competitions Officer
The Arts Unit

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