Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

Unfortunately we won't be able to crown a Years 11&12 state champion for 2020. We'll miss you all out there debating but we know that your senior studies and HSC preparations need to take priority in this extraordinary situation. Hopefully we'll see all the people who missed out on their last year of debating back to adjudicate in 2021 as well as signing up for their university debating programs - the journey isn't over yet! Good luck with those studies and thanks for making the past few years of debating such an exciting pleasure to be involved with.

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