Years 7&8 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

Entries in the 2021 Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 7&8 have now closed. We'll be working on the draws and topics for a while now, but we'll be in touch with all the contact teachers with our plans and some updates as we work through the design of the 2021 competition. Call the Speaking Competitions Officer on 02 8512 1172 if you need to discuss a late entry or have questions about what happens from here, or head to the main Premier's Debating Challenge page for more information on how the competition works.

The 2020 Years 7&8 state champions from Callaghan College Waratah Campus
The 2020 Years 7&8 state champions from Callaghan College Waratah Campus

Last year's competition culminated in an all-regional state final which saw Callaghan College Waratah Campus defeating Armidale Secondary College to become the state champs for 2020! A video of the entire final will be available below as soon as we get it edited, but in the meantime congratulations to both of those schools and to all of our quarter finalists in 2020 - Denison College Bathurst Campus, Elderslie High School, Lambton High School, Mount View High School, Penrith High School and Smiths Hill High School.

We'd also like to acknowledge the achievements of the ten regional champions from the 2020 season.

Hunter/Central Coast Callaghan College Waratah Campus
Illawarra & South East Smiths Hill High School
New England Armidale Secondary College
North Coast Maclean High School
Northern Sydney Cammeraygal High School
Riverina Hay War Memorial High School
Sydney Rose Bay Secondary College
South Western Sydney Elderslie High School
Western NSW Denison College Bathurst Campus
Western Sydney Penrith High School

Years 7&8 Information

Founded in 1998 with the support of the Centenary of Federation, this level of the competition originally emphasised the ability of students to research a particular area. In the first few years, these areas were predominantly Australian history and civics. Since 2001 topics have covered a wide range of contemporary issues of relevance to junior secondary students. The 10 successful regional teams attend a 3 day championships camp, including workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators.

Please explore the past winners of the competition, and you can watch the 2020 final below or go 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.