Year 11 Metro Debating Challenge

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The Premier's Debating Challenge for Year 11 Metro has finished up for 2018 with Sydney Girls High School declared the champions after defeating James Ruse Agricultural High School in the final. We'll get a video up at the bottom of this page soon as we're able, but for now on behalf of the Department of Education congratulations to those two finals teams and to everyone who competed in this division in 2018. Enjoy your holidays and we look forward to seeing you in the senior division of the challenge next year!

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.

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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.

Competition timetable Topic area
Round 1 to be completed by Friday 11 May (end week 2, term 2) Education
Round 2 to be completed by Friday 1 June (end week 5, term 2) Law
Round 3 to be completed by Friday 22 June (end week 8, term 2) Sport
Round 4 to be completed by Friday 29 June (end week 9, term 2) General
Zone winners to be finalised by Friday 29 June (end week 9, term 2)  
Regional finals to be held by the end of July General
Semi-finals to take place on Friday 17 August, Western Sydney University  General
State final to take place on Fri 31 August, Western Sydney University General

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.