Debating & Public Speaking

Debating is an integral part of the co-curricular program at St Andrews and there has been considerable development in this area of College’s provision for students. It is our hope that in conjunction with Music, Drama, the Visual Arts, and the Extension and Enrichment co-curricular programs such as Tournament of the Minds and Future Problem Solving, our Debating Program will show that thinking, speaking and being creative does not end with the classroom academic program. In fact, the classroom is only the beginning!

Why debating?

If students like to express an opinion and justify it, and then engage in healthy discussion with others who may not share the same viewpoint, then debating offers a supportive and challenging environment in which to develop these skills. Debating enables students to:

  • work in a small team environment to achieve a goal
  • develop research skills
  • engage in current issues which affect themselves, their broader community or global society
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • structure an argument
  • think and plan under time constraints
  • learn to deconstruct an argument and evaluate its worth
  • speak with confidence in front of an audience
  • speak following formal conventions to achieve a purpose


Stay tuned for updates when Debating resumes in 2018.

Sunshine Coast Debating Competition Draws - These will be posted here on a weekly basis. If there are late changes to the draw or debates, these will be emailed to the relevant parents and students as soon as possible. 

In Term 3, students will have opportunity to be involved in the Sunshine Coast Debating Competition sponsored by the University of the Sunshine Coast. Teams from north of Noosa to Redcliffe in the south are involved. 

So, what does this mean for St Andrews students?

Students will have opportunity to attend the SC Debating Expo late in Term 2. This comprises a one day workshop at the University where they will see a debate involving senior, experienced debaters, and work with students from other schools to understand and use the skills in debating.

Students will nominate to be involved. Students from Years 6-12 are encouraged to participate.

Teams and coaches are allocated and announced at the end of Term 2. Parents, teachers and experienced senior students are welcome to be coaches.

There will be a number of workshops held in the first two weeks of Term 3 for any student who is new to debating.

Students learn how to prepare and deliver a short prep debate: Topics are given to teams on the night and students have one hour to prepare.

Organisational details

  • The Competition is held on Wednesday evenings in Term 3.
  • The Sunshine Coast is divided into three regions: south, central and north.
  • Age Divisions: Years 6-7 (Junior); Years 8-9 (Intermediate); Years 10-12 (Senior).
  • The venues and times at which debates are held during 2018 will be posted on this page when available.
  • Each division competes with four preliminary rounds (and one play-off round if required) prior to a single round of Semi-Finals and then a Grand Final.
  • Semi-Finals and Grand Finals for each age division are hosted at the University of Sunshine Coast campus, early in Term 4 (October).

Rules & Regulations

Coaches Handbook

Further information to follow for the 2018 ISDCN Debating Competition.


UN Youth Voice asks contestants to present their innovative solutions to some of the world’s most prominent and pressing issues. The competition encourages initiative and sustainability, rewarding substance in speeches as well as speaking manner and structure. 

Students are invited to select the issue about which they are most passionate from four provided topics. The aim is to suggest tangible and achievable solutions to the complications surrounding their given topic. This is presented through a prepared speech, with a judges’ “Question Time” component.

This is an exciting addition to the range of speaking and debating opportunities in which St Andrew’s students can participate. Please see below for more information on the United Nations Youth Australia EVATTS Competition.


If you are interested in either the EVATTS Competition or the 'Voice' Competition, please see Mrs Guy or send her an email at 

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