Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

Welcome to the 2020 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 massive 2019 we're really looking forward to seeing debaters from across the state back out there developing and showing off their debating skills!

In case you missed it, last year's competition ended with the team from Bowral Public School known as “The Bombarders” being crowned state champions (that’s them with the trophy in the picture.) It was a crazily close final against the reigning champions from Hastings Public School (“The Debateinaters”) and it’s worth noting (as Bowral themselves did during the thank-you speeches) that this leaves Hastings and Bowral tied across the championships tournament, each with 4 wins and 1 loss, each having only lost to other, so both deserve our praise for achieving something pretty remarkable. Still, it was Bowral got the final win and as you can see they could hardly be happier! If you'd like to see all the action for yourself, there's a video at the bottom of this page.
The 2019 Bowral champions with the trophy

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.