Years 7&8 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!

Entries for the Years 7&8 competition have now officially closed and the draws have been sent out to all participating teams. The 2020 competition will run much as in previous years except with a revised timeline and a streamlined finals series with all zone champions entering into a knockout stage that runs all the way to a state final. It's really important that you read the revised competition information before entering and you can download that information as a simple one-pager by clicking here.


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.


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