The Junior State Debating Championships provide unique opportunities for talented debating students from NSW government schools in Years 9 &10 to engage in debates and workshops within the context of an annual camp.
Congratulations to North Coast Region, winners of the 2013 Championships. They defeated the Northern Sydney team in the final, held on Wednesday 27 November at the Women's College, University of Sydney.
(Left to right- Lloyd Cameron, Zoe Schmidt, Connor Hoban, Azlan Currie, Laura Neal, James Taylor)
About the Competition
This competition began in 1981 as the Neil Gunther Inter-Regional Debating Competition, involving Year 10 students from across the state. The name of the competition changed in 1988 to the Junior State Debating Championships for the Neil Gunther Shield. In 1991 it was decided to incorporate the competition into a camp to enable a change of focus on developing skills in effective communication in both debating and public speaking while also concentrating on enhancing teamwork in a competitive environment.
Rules of Competition
- The Junior State Debating Championships involve representative regional teams and their coaches from across the state.
- Competitors should be from Years 9 and 10 attending a government school.
- Only one student may be selected per school and each student may only compete at one Championships.
- Teams should be comprised of five members.
- Each speaker should speak for a maximum of eight minutes, with a warning bell at six minutes. A continuous bell will be rung at nine minutes.
- The topics will only be disclosed, and decided upon, immediately prior to preparation time.
- Teams should prepare their debates within a predetermined time limit of one hour, without the assistance of their coaches.
Stages of Competition
- The Junior State Debating Championships are held over three days at the end of November
- The ten teams are placed in two pools, each containing five teams. All teams have four debates and one workshop over the first two days of the championships.
- The winners of the two pools meet in the Final, which is held prior to lunch on the third day to enable teams to travel back to their home regions.
- Members of the Flying Squad adjudicate the debates and give workshops in advanced debating techniques, including refutation, definition and case development.
- The Neil Gunther Shield is awarded to the State Champion Team.
- The Lily Gunther Shield is awarded to the Best Speaker of the Championships as decided by the Flying Squad and the State Debating Coordinator.
- Medallions are awarded to team members of both teams competing in the State Final
- Certificates are awarded to all participants.
The 2013 Championships took place at Women’s College, University of Sydney from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 27 November.
Teams that competed are listed below:
Fort Street High School
Sydney Girls High School
Sydney Boys High School
Newtown High School of the Performing Arts
NBSC Manly Selective Campus
Normanhurst Boys High School
Turramurra High School
North Sydney Girls High School
Cheltenham Girls High School
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Beverly Hills Girls High School
Prairiewood High School
Elderslie High School
Sir Joseph Banks High School
Hurlstone Agricultural High School
Glenwood High School
Northmead High School
Winmalee High School
Penrith High School
James Ruse Agricultural High School
Gorokan High School
Kotara High School
Hunter School of the Performing Arts
Merewether High School
Gosford High School
Nambucca Heads High School
Woolgoolga High School
Murwillumbah High School
Mullumbimby High School
Casino High School
Inverell High School
Duval High School
Oxley High School
Quirindi High School
Murray High School
Barham High School
Kooringal High School
Murrumburrah High School
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Karabar High School
Nowra High School
Bomaderry High School
Smiths Hill High School
Braidwood Central School
Orange High School
The Henry Lawson High School
Oberon High School
Dubbo College, Delroy Campus