Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

Welcome to the 2018 Premier's Debating Challenge for years 11&12 debating season! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here.

Congratulations again to last year's finalists, North Sydney Girls High School and Smiths Hill High School who met in the final at the Great Hall of the University of Sydney. Smiths Hill, arguing the negative of the topic 'That we should have quotas for women in parliament' were successful. The team consisted of Arin Tornyi-Aydin, Henry Kocatekin, Elinor Stephenson and Tommy Polden. You'll find footage of the final below.

Good luck to all teams for a fantastic 2018!

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.

Competition timetable Topic area
Round 1 to be completed by Friday 23 March (end week 8, term 1) TBA
Round 2 to be completed by Friday 4 May (end week 1, term 2) TBA
Round 3 to be completed by Friday 25 May (end week 4, term 2) TBA
Rounds 4 and 5 to be completed by Friday 1 June (end week 5, term 2) TBA
Zone winners to be finalised by Friday 8 June (end week 6, term 2) General
Regional finals and state quarter-finals to be held in June General
State semi-finals to take place in late Term 2 in July General
State final to take place on Fri 10 August, University of Sydney 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 to North Sydney Girls and Smiths Hill, and to everyone who made the competition such a success.