Years 9&10 Debating Challenge

Latest competition news

Welcome to the 2018 Premier's Debating Challenge for years 9&10 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 state final winners Smiths Hill High School who defeated Crestwood High School negating the topic "That non-violent offenders should never be sent to prison." You'll find footage of this final below.

Good luck to all teams for a fantastic 2018!

2017 Smiths Hill High School WinnersThe Smiths Hill High champions (left to right): Gemma Hedayati, Laura Charlton, Kerry Doyle (coach), Grace Mahon and Tom Behl-Shanks.

Years 9&10 information

The Year 9&10 Debating Challenge, organised by The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education, dates back to 1950 when the Teasdale brothers donated a trophy for a debating competition between North Sydney Region Boys Schools. By 1979 the Teasdale Cup had expanded to include schools from Picton in the south to Wyong in the north. In 1982 it became a state-wide competition.

Competition timetable Topic area
Round 1 to be completed by Friday 18 May (end week 3, term 2) TBA
Round 2 to be completed by Friday 8 June (end week 6, term 2) TBA
Round 3 to be completed by Friday 29 June (end week 9, term 2) TBA
Rounds 4 and 5 to be completed by Friday 27 July (end week 1, term 3) TBA
Zone winners to be finalised by Friday 3 August (end week 2, term 3)  
Regional finals and state quarter-finals to be held in August and September General
State semi-finals to take place in October General
State final to take place on Thursday 8 November at NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre General


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.