Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

So, we’ve run later than we ever have before, but the 2020 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5&6 finally wrapped up on the last Monday of the school year! For the first time ever the final was held online with parents, classmates, and the odd quarter-finalist team Zooming in to lend their support to the Terrigal Public Tigers and the North Sydney Public River teams. In one of the closest finals we’ve ever seen, it was the North Sydney team who were crowned state champions for this crazy year!

The 2020 Years 5&6 champions from North Sydney Public School

We’ll have a video of the final up on our website some time next week so that you can see for yourselves just how smashing Terrigal and North Sydney were, and you can click here to view a summary of how the knockout finals series played out in 2020. Because there were so, so many teams involved it’s a bit hard to read the earlier debates but it’ll give you a good sense of where Terrigal and North Sydney came from, who they defeated along the way, and all the schools who made it through to the finals as well as the teams who have been named 2020 regional champions.

That’s it! We know it’s been a more hectic year than ever for all of you and that it would’ve been very easy to give debating a miss til things settled down again, so thanks for going the extra mile to keep the competition going. Together you’ve managed to complete well over 1,250 primary school debates inside of just two terms so thanks to all the teachers, principals, students and parents at your schools who helped out along the way!

Finally a couple of 2020 certificate notes. All schools should have their participation certificates by now, but if they're still blank and if your calligraphy isn't the best you can click here for a PDF template that lets you type in the name and school of your student so that it prints in the right spot on the certificates. Maybe do a test run on blank paper first but it should be right! If on the other hand you need to recognise students who helped out this year but weren't on the official team, you can click here to print a certificate of achievement for this 2020 competition.

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 2019 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.