Latest Competition News
The Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 9&10 is well underway! The round-robin level of the competition is currently scheduled to wrap up by Week 5, but that might need to be delayed a little depending on health advice. We'll look at that and get some information out to schools as soon as we can - for now debating in the locked down area of the state is on pause and all debates outside the locked down area need to be conducted online. 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 champions from James Ruse Agricultural nervously watching the adjudication of the state final
Last year was a bit different, with the Premier’s Debating Challenge for Years 9&10 working as an online modified knock-out competition that included a second chance repechage draw. Congratulations to James Ruse Agricultural High School who took advantage of that repechage opportunity and won their way right through to the state final and eventually to a state championship, which you can see them claim at the bottom of this page. Congratulations also to their opponents in the final, Cammeraygal High School and to all the quarter finalists - Normanhurst Boys High School, Merewether High School, Sydney Girls High School, St George Girls High School, Caringbah High School and Port Hacking High School.
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.
You can check out the list of past state champions by clicking here, 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.