Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

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Entries have closed and the draws are now out for the 2017 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5&6. We've officially got 818 teams entered which is easily a record for any age group ever, so thanks to everyone who has put their hand up and helped grow the competition again this year. We can't post the draws here (they come with contact information and the like) but if you think you should have a draw and you don't please contact the Speaking Competitions Officer on (02) 8512 1172 or email and we'll send you out a copy. best of luck for your debates!

Basic 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 800 teams entering in 2017. 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.

Topic Areas and Completion Dates

Round / completion date

Topic area

Round 1 to be completed by the end of Week 5 Term 2


Round 2 to be completed by the end of Week 7 Term 2

The media

Round 3 to be completed by the end of Week 10 Term 2

Parents & kids

Round 4 to be completed by the end of Week 2 Term 3

Health & fitness

Round 5 to be completed by Week 4 Term 3 (only if your zone has one!)


Zone winners to be finalised by the end of Week 4 Term 3


Regional finals to take place in the second half of Term 3


Championships to take place from 12 to 15 November, Stanwell Tops



2016 State Final

Congratulations to Timbumburi Public School, who won the 2016 championships by defeating Coogee Public School in the final, held at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre on Wednesday 16 November. The champion Timbumburi team is pictured here. They are (from left to right) Zali Humble, Josie Humble, Isabella Bramley and Ava Sullivan.

2016 Timbumburi Winners

Congratulations to them and to the other nine schools who represented their regions at the tournament: Cammeray  PS, Casula PS, Coogee PS, Dubbo South PS, Illaroo Road PS, Hamilton South PS, Hastings PS, Jasper Road PS and Wagga Wagga PS.

You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2016 final below by either clicking play, or if you click on the title 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.