2021 Schools' Competition Topics

Year 5

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That cats are better than dogs.
Round 2: Topic TBA
Round 3: Topic TBA
Round 4: Topic TBA
Round 5: Topic TBA

Year 6/7

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 3 minutes; warning bell at 2 minutes.

Round 1: That bicycles should be registered.
Round 2: Topic TBA
Round 3: Topic TBA
Round 4: Topic TBA
Round 5: Topic TBA

Year 8

All debates are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 4 minutes; warning bell at 3 minutes.

Round 1: That cheese and meat should be taxed.
Round 2: Topic TBA
Round 3: Topic TBA
Round 4: Topic TBA
Round 5: Topic TBA

Year 9

Rounds 1 to 4 are Prepared Debates.
Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.


Round 1: That the Prime Minister should make a 'State of the Union' speech. (see link)
Round 2: Topic TBA
Round 3: Topic TBA
Round 4: Topic TBA
Round 5: Topic TBA
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Year 10

Rounds 1 to 3 are Prepared Debates. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 1: That the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 2: Topic TBA
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 3: Topic TBA
Round 4: Topic TBA
One Card Debate. View guidelines here Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Round 5: Short Preparation Debate
The Short Preparation Topic will be released 90 minutes before the scheduled debate. View guidelines here
Speeches of 5 minutes; warning bell at 4 minutes.

Senior


Round 1: That Australia should boycott China's Winter Olympics.
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 2: Topic TBA
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 3: Topic TBA
Prepared Debate. Speeches of 8 minutes; warning bell at 7 minutes.

Round 4: Short Preparation Debate
The Short Preparation Topic will be released 90 minutes before the scheduled debate. View guidelines here
Speeches of 6 minutes; warning bell at 5 minutes.

Special Formats of Prepared Debates

Quodlibetical Topic

There are a number of issues that can’t be easily expressed in a one-line topic. Therefore you have been given a fictitious scenario, outlined by a few paragraphs, and a topic that is based on this scenario. The following should be noted:

1. The first speaker should not attempt to define the topic word for word, but rather should define the issue(s) or dilemma(s) that the topic presents.

2. It is this issue or dilemma that should be debated in an attempt to prove whichever side of the topic, i.e. feel free to debate the particular issue generally, but be sure to link it back to the topic as this is what you want to argue for or against.

3. There is no need for the first speaker to read out the initial paragraphs as the Chairman will do this before announcing the topic, however, any speaker may refer to these paragraphs as part of his/her argument.

4. Debaters are welcome and are encouraged to conduct further research on the issues presented but note that the scenario itself is often fictitious.