Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

Welcome to the 2019 season of the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 11&12! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here.

In case you missed the end of last year's tournament, it was a team from Sydney Boys High School who were declared the state champions after defeating the reigning 2017 champions from Smiths Hill High School in the state final. Congratulations to both teams and best of luck to all the schools looking to knock them off in the 2019 season!

Years 11&12 Information

The Years 11&12 Premier's Debating Challenge is the oldest competition of its kind in NSW. It began in 1930 with the generous donation of the trophy by Miss Hume-Barbour, a descendant of Hume the explorer. Initially only boys’ schools in the metropolitan area were eligible to enter; from 2001 the competition became statewide.

The competition, which is open to senior students in government schools, takes the form of one hour preparation debates with both sides having a choice of three topics. All teams are grouped into zones of four or five schools for the round robin level of the competition and after the zone winners have been determined the competition enters a knock-out phase.


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 to North Sydney Girls and Smiths Hill, and to everyone who made the competition such a success.