Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

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The Years 11&12 age division is over for 2019, with Smiths Hill High School crowned this year's state champions. They defeated the team from Kirrawee High School in the state final and you can watch that debate at the bottom of this page. Congratulations to both teams on an incredible run in the 2019 competition and best of luck to everyone who got involved with their end-of-year exams!

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 again to Kirrawee and Smiths Hill, and to everyone who made the competition such a success.