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.

Pre Finals Workshop and State Team Trials 2015


This year we are offering a new Pre-Finals Workshop, to be held the week before Senior Finals. This workshop will assist students to prepare for the Senior Finals of the SADA Schools’ Competition, with a particular focus on secret topic debating. We recommend that all students competing in finals attend this workshop. Other interested students are also welcome to attend. The workshop will be held from 2.00-5.00pm on 23 August 2015 in Room BH2-16, Barbra Hanrahan Building, UniSA City West Campus, North Terrace.

We will also be hosting our usual Senior Debating Workshops, which are open to all students in years 9-11 and focus on particular aspects of senior debating. These workshops are a fantastic way for students to improve their debating ability regardless of their ability and experience, and form the basis of selecting the South Australian State Team for 2016. The details for these workshops are:

  • 2.00-5.00pm on 25 October 2015 in Room BH2-16, Barbra Hanrahan Building, UniSA City West Campus, North Terrace.
  • 2.00-5.00pm on 8 November 2015 in Room BH2-16, Barbra Hanrahan Building, UniSA City West Campus, North Terrace.

National Schools Debating Competition Function at Government House


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It was an enormous privilege for all competitors of the 2015 National Schools Debating Competition to have the opportunity to attend a special function at the South Australian Government House this Monday. His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO and his wife were most gracious hosts and it was wonderful for the students to hear both the Governor as well as our President, Mr Warwick Ambrose, address the participants and coaches from all over the country.

State Team Send Off Debate


On behalf of the SADA and the State Team, we invite you to attend the Send Off Debate. This is an opportunity for the State Team to demonstrate their development over the past few months of intensive training, before they compete at the National Schools Debating Championships. The details are as follows:

  • Date: Monday 11 May
  • Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Venue: Bradley Forum (UniSA City West)


2014 Winners Announced


The SADA Congratulates our 2014 Grand Final Winners

Runners Up: Seymour College
Winners: Scotch College
Intermediate B:
Runners Up: Woodcroft College
Winners: Wilderness
Intermediate A:
Runners Up: St Dominic's Priory College
Winners: Golden Grove High School
Senior B:
Runners Up: Blackfriars Priory College
Winners: St Peters College
Senior A:
Runners Up: Seymour College
Winners: St Peters College

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