Year 11 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

To make finding an adjudicator for your online debate a little easier, we're introducing this simple form you can fill out to let us know when you need someone to judge your debates. Once you've completed it we'll get back to you that night to confirm it's in our calendar and get to work finding you an online adjudicator - too easy!

As to the draw, we've emailed all the teams involved in this year's competition with the news of their first opponent. If you haven't got that email call the Speaking Competitions Officer on (02) 8512 1172 and we'll find out what's gone wrong. Just a reminder that we've had to make a few changes for this year, so the Year 11 division will run as a modified knock-out competition open to all government secondary and central schools across NSW. It's really important that you read the revised competition information before entering and you can download that information as a simple one-pager by clicking here.

Year 11 Metro 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.

All teams that enter usually take part in a round robin with topics on legal or arts and communications issues. 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.

You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2019 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.


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