Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

Welcome to the 2019 season of the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5&6! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here. After such a huge 2018 we're really looking forward to seeing debaters from across the state back out there developing and showing off their debating skills!

The Years 5&6 champions from Hastings Public School with the trophy.

In case you missed it, the 2018 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5&6 wrapped up with the team from Hastings Public School named state champions. If you’re not sure, they’re a school in Port Macquarie on the north coast and they’ve been a bit of a debating powerhouse for a while now thanks to some great coaching (and, y’know, brilliant kids!) so it was fantastic to see them get their first state title. They went through the championships undefeated but were certainly pushed in the final by the near-equally brilliant Summer Hill Public School team who deserve our congratulations as well. You can watch Hastings successfully affirming “That every school should put the smartest kids into a separate class” in a video at the bottom of this page, and that’s them in the photo with the Premier's Debating Challenge trophy. Congratulations to both finalists, and best of luck to all the teams signing up for a chance to knock them off in 2019!

Years 5&6 information

The Years 5&6 competition started out in 1995 as a challenge issued by the primary school debating champion from the Hunter Region to other regional winners, which is why the trophy awarded to the state champion is called the Hunter Challenge Trophy. It's quickly grown since then to become by far the largest age division in the Premier's Debating Challenge, with over 870 teams entering in 2018. At every level of the challenge the debates involve 1-hour unassisted preparation, which means that the four team members only find out the topic 1 hour before the debate, and are then given an hour without any help from a teacher or anyone else to prepare their case. After four such round-robin debates and a series of knock-out finals, the remaining ten regional champions meet at a three-day camp for a series of debates to determine the state champion.


You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2018 final above 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 these debaters and everyone who made the competition such a success.