Years 7&8 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

The round robin debates are done and it's time for a statewide sudden-death finals series! Congratulations to all the teams who've made it this far. We're hope you're ready for the knockout part of the comp! Here's how it will work. 

We'll email every school with details of their first finals match-up and the contact information for their opponents. Schools then need to organise a time and date that suits them both before the stated deadline and click here to book an adjudicator just as you have been for the other debates. We'll  send topics directly to both teacher contacts at least half an hour before preparation on the day of the debate so both teams will be ready for topic selection and the coin toss. The topics from here on out are general, meaning they can be on just about anything, and could also be a combination of previous topic areas, so it's worth reviewing any conversations you had about education, technology and the media, and sport, health & fitness, as well as keeping up with what's going on in the world!

Both teams must provide a chairperson and timekeeper, and use the chairperson form we included with the initial competition information (you can download a copy here). Once the debate is over both teams should scan and email that form to us so that we can record the result and email the winner back with news of their next opponent, and so on until we have a state champion!

Call or email any time if you have a question or are having problems organising a debate. There'll be five rounds of debating before we can determine a state champion so we're relying on everyone to complete their debates on time. We're (02) 8512 1172, or email debating@det.nsw.edu.au. Best of luck for the race to the state championship!

Finally, we'll be posting out certificates of participation as well as congratulations certificates to the zone winners as soon as we can.

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.