Years 5&6 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

Welcome to the 2018 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 5&6 debating season! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here. After such an amazing 2017 we're really looking forward to seeing debaters from across the state utilising their speaking talents. Congratulations again to last year's finalists, Coogee South Public School and Kurrajong Public School, who contested the final at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre. You'll find footage of the final below. Good luck to all teams for a fantastic 2018!

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 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.

Competition timetable Topic area
Round 1 to be completed by Friday 25 May (Week 4 Term 2) Education
Round 2 to be completed by Friday 15 June (Week 7 Term 2) The media
Round 3 to be completed by Friday 6 July (Week 10 Term 2) Parents & kids
Round 4 to be completed by Friday 3 August (Week 2 Term 3) Health & fitness
Round 5 to be completed by Friday 17 August (Week 4 Term 3 - only if required) Sports
Zone winners to be finalised by Friday 17 August (Week 4 Term 3) General
Regional finals to take place in the second half of Term 3 and early Term 4 General
Championships to take place from Sun 18 to Wed 21 November, Stanwell Tops Various

You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2017 final below 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.