Years 9&10 Debating Challenge

Latest Competition News

Welcome to the 2019 season of the Premier's Debating Challenge for Years 9&10! Entries for this competition are now open and you can find the form by clicking here.

In case you missed it, last year's competition finished up with the team from Hornsby Girls High School declared the state champions of this age division after their win over an equally impressive Crestwood High School squad in the state final. Congratulations to both of those schools and best of luck to the many, many teams who'll be looking to knock them off in 2019!

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 see a list of past winners of the competition by clicking here, and you can watch the 2017 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.