Years 7&8 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

Welcome to the 2020 season of the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 7&8! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here. 2019 was one of the biggest years yet for the Years 7&8 competition and 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 wrapped with a tournament from 4 to 6 December at the Women's College of the University of Sydney. At the end of that three-day tournament Fort Street High School (who were runners-up in 2018) were finally named state champions following a win over the equally-amazing James Ruse Agricultural High squad. You can catch a video of the debate at the bottom of this page. Congratulations again to them and best of luck to all the teams looking to knock them off in 2020!


Masters AcademyMasters Academy will be the Principal Sponsor of the Years 7&8 division of the Premier’s Debating Challenge for 2017-19 inclusive. 

Established in 2007, Masters Academy offers in-school debating and public speaking coaching services for NSW students as well as NESA-endorsed professional learning for teachers. Their website includes an impressive library of free teaching resources including PDF downloads and podcasts. 

The purpose of this 3-year sponsorship arrangement is to provide regional students with greater access to debating coaching and speaking opportunities. The funds will deliver additional debating opportunities to students in country areas and cover their travelling expenses when attending the state championships in Sydney.

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 ten successful regional teams attend a three day championships camp, including workshops with some of the state's most experienced adjudicators.

You can see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2019 final 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.