State Team Send-Off Debate


The 2018 State Team Send-Off Debate will be held on Monday 14 May at 7.00pm.

Join us to watch a demonstration debate by this year's State Team and wish them well for the 2018 National Schools' Debating Championships beginning on 20 May in Perth.

The Debate will be held in the Supreme Court Building located at 1 Gouger Street, Adelaide (Courtroom 1).

2018 National Schools' Debating Championships


The South Australian State Debating Team will be travelling to Perth on 20 May to compete at the 2018 National Schools' Debating Championships.  This year's State Team is made up of:

  • Zoe Chalmers (C) (Seymour College)
  • Olivia Whyte (Seymour College)
  • Shiva Mukherjee (St Peter's College)
  • Ashwini Ravindran (Wilderness School)
  • Onor Nottle (Reserve) (Scotch College)
  • Angus Brosnan (Reserve) (Prince Alfred College)
  • Luke Bardy (Reserve) (Prince Alfred College)

The SADA wishes the State Team all the very best for the Championships!

2017 Senior Grand Finals


The 2017 Senior A and B Grade Grand Finals were held at the University of South Australia on Sunday 10 September 2017.

In the Senior A Grade, St Ignatius College (Negative) defeated Seymour College (Affirmative) in a unanimous decision on the topic "That Universities should be banned from offering more places in courses than the projected graduate intake".

Zoe Chalmers (Seymour College) was awarded the Fran Conroy Medal for best speaker in the Senior A Grade Grand Final. Zoe was also awarded the Todd Golding Medal for best overall contribution to the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team.

In the Senior B Grade, Prince Alfred College (Affirmative) defeated St Peter's College (Negative) in a 3-2 split decision on the topic "That we should strike North Korea".

Angus Brosnan (PAC) was awarded the Peter Barry Medal for best speaker in the B Grade Grand Final.

The SADA congratulates all of the teams on their effors. The SADA would also like to thank guest speakers, Professor Rick Sarre (University of South Australia) and its Patron, the Honouable Chief Justice Kourakis.

2017 National Schools' Debating Championships


The 2017 South Australian Schools' State Debating Team consisted of Zoe Chalmers (Seymour College) (Captain), Madeleine McNeil (Wilderness School), Onor Nottle (Scotch College) and Shiva Mukherjee (St Peter's College). The reserves were William Ritossa (St Peter's College), Yash Giri (Prince Alfred College) and Angus Brosnan (Prince Alfred College). The team was coached by Tyson Leung, Helena Karapetis and Charlie Bruce.

The 2017 National Schools' Debating Championships were held in Brisbane. SA defeated the Northern Territory and Queensland, the eventual runners up. SA only lost one debate unanimously, winning over adjudicators in every other debate, often losing by very narrow margins. SA placed 7th overall, just one point behind Tasmania in 6th place in what was a very even year.

The SADA commends the team on its efforts throughout the year in training, and on its performance at Nationals. The SADA also thanks the coaches for donating their time to train the team and accompany them to Nationals.

Those interested in trying out for the state team should contact the SADA at More information about trials for 2018 will be uploaded to the website in the coming months.


2017 Australian Schools' Debating Team


The SADA congratulates Zoe Chalmers (Seymour College) on her selection on the Australian Schools' Debating Team. Zoe's selection followed her outstanding individual performance as captain of the South Australian Schools' State Debating Team at the 2017 National Schools' Debating Championships in Brisbane.

Australian Team selection is extremely competitive, and Zoe's selection is particularly impressive as she is only in year 11. Zoe will travel to Bali in 2018 to represent Australia at the World Schools' Debating Championships.

The SADA would also like to thank the State Debating Team Coaches: Helena Karapetis, Tyson Leung and Charlie Bruce, who have coached Zoe throughout the year.

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