Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

To make finding an adjudicator for your online debate a little easier, we're introducing this simple form you can fill out to let us know when you need someone to judge your debates. Once you've completed it we'll get back to you that night to confirm it's in our calendar and get to work finding you an online adjudicator - too easy!

The draws for the 2020 competition have been finalised and emailed out to all the teachers invovled! Call us at (02) 8512 1171 if you haven't received that information, and keep an eye out in the mail for the topics envelopes we've posted out to every team in this year's competition. Just a reminder that the 2020 competition will see the number of zone round-robin debates reduced from four rounds to three rounds and a streamlined finals series with the zone champions entering into a knockout stage that runs all the way to a state final. It's really important that you have read the revised competition information and you can download that information as a simple one-pager by clicking here.

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.

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