Years 11&12 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 11&12 has finished up for 2018 with Sydney Boys High School declared the state champions after defeating the reigning champions from Smiths Hill High School in the state final. We'll get a video up at the bottom of this page soon as we're able, but for now we can tell you that Sydney Boys successfully negated the topic "That we should stop commemorating wars." Congratulations to both teams and all of the students and teachers who made this senior division of the competition such a success in 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 Thursday 29 March (end week 9, 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.