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WADL is the leading debating organisation in Western Australia, and the state's sole affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation. We host the largest high school debating competition in Western Australia, as well as other competitions and programs. WADL is also responsible for selecting the West Australian State Debating Team, which represents WA at the annual National Schools Debating Championship.
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2017 BP Competition Semi-Finalists

posted 15 Sep 2017, 02:14 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 15 Sep 2017, 02:14 ]

With over 120 teams registered in this year's competition, this has been our biggest and most competitive BP Debating Competition in history! Thank you to all of the teams from WA who competed this year. The 16 teams advancing to the Semi-Finals are:

CYGNETS
  • Bunbury SHS 1 (Norah Harkin & Kaitlin Myles) 
  • Bunbury SHS 3 (Efua Koomson & Saffron Graham) 
  • Greenwood College 1 (Ann Cao and Cyrine Almodovar) 
  • Hale School 1 (Chirag Tharakan & Michael Garas) 
  • Perth Modern School 13 (Kelly Ng and Julia Aguinot) 
  • Perth Modern School 22 (Jas Choo & Eve Gibbon) 
  • Scotch College 3 (Sam Wake and Lachie Norcott) 
  • Shenton College 2 (Edward Truong & Henry Freegard) 
SWANS
  • Australind SHS 4 (Jasmine Sullivan & Ryan Tomazin) 
  • Bunbury SHS 6 (Clare Beyboer & David Strong) 
  • Eastern Hills SHS 1 (Luke Button & Juanita Hardwick) 
  • MLC 1 (Maddie Hanlin & Oriana Morris-Johnson) 
  • Perth Modern School 1 (Orlagh Lataswki & Jayden McGillivray) 
  • Perth Modern School 7 (Oscar Wilson & Clementine Smith) 
  • Scotch College 1 (Felix Jones & Lewis Orr) 
  • St Hilda’s ASG 1 (Eliza Smith & Vivian Tan) 
The Semi-Finals will be held at Shenton College on Tuesday September 19! The Cygnets debate will commence at 6pm, and the Swans debate will commence at 7:15pm. All students, teachers, and parents are welcome to attend the semi-finals.

For more information, please contact James and Isobel at bpcompetition@wadl.org.

2017 Perth SDC Grand Final

posted 15 Aug 2017, 07:54 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 29 Aug 2017, 17:39 ]

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the 2017 Perth Schools Debating Competition Grand Final, which was held on Tuesday August 29 at the State Library of Western Australia. This was our largest Grand Final in many years, with over 400 people attending to watch debates across the night.

A special congratulations to the 2017 Champion schools:

Novice - Greenwood College (Best Speaker: Asmaa Hameed from Greenwood College)

Junior - Perth Modern School (Best Speaker: Rana Ibrahim from Perth Modern School)

Senior - Shenton College (Best Speaker: Natasha Tonga from Shenton College)

We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 BP Debating Competition or back again for a bigger and better season in 2018!

Semifinals Draw

posted 8 Aug 2017, 07:05 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 20:48 ]

The Draw for the Semifinals of the 2017 Schools Debating Competition has been released and can be below:
The Semifinals will be held at Shenton College on the 15th of August. Please check the draw for your scheduled debate time. 

Please note that the debates will be held in the Hollywood and Swanbourne Lecture Theatres at Shenton College, not the usual debate venues. Parking can be found in the main Shenton College car park of Stubbs Terrace.

For further information, contact Russell at russell.watt@wadl.org.

2017 SDC Finalists

posted 17 Jul 2017, 23:49 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 8 Aug 2017, 22:51 ]

Congratulations to all teams that have qualified for the 2017 Schools Debating Competition Finals!

The 2017 Finalists (for each Division) are as follows:
Novice

1 - Presbyterian Ladies' College 4
2 - Perth Modern School 14
3 - Iona Presentation College 3
4 - Scotch College 4
5 - Shenton College 10
6 - Shenton College 12
7 - Perth Modern School 16
9 - Perth College 2
10 - Mt Lawley SHS 2
11 - Perth Modern School 12
12 - Perth Modern School 9
14 - St Mary's AGS 4
15 - St Mary's AGS 1
18 - Christ Church Grammar School 5
19 - Methodist Ladies' College 2
20 - Methodist Ladies' College 5
21 - Methodist Ladies' College 6
23 - Greenwood College 1
24 - St Stephen's (Carramar) 1
25 - St Stephen's (Duncraig) 3
26 - Duncraig SHS 10
30 - Aquinas College 2
31 - Applecross SHS 4
32 - Applecross SHS 2
33 - Applecross SHS 3
34 - Perth Modern School 2
35 - Perth Modern School 5
36 - Carmel School 3
37 - Perth Modern School 4
39 - Guildford Grammar School 3
40 - Governor Stirling SHS 1
41 - St Brigid's College 1
Junior

1 - Christ Church Grammar School 5
2 - Iona Presentation College 2
3 - Perth Modern School 3
4 - Perth Modern School 15
5 - Christ Church Grammar School 3
9 - Perth Modern School 8
10 - Perth Modern School 1
11 - Perth Modern School 5
14 - Hale School 5
15 - St Mary's AGS 1
16 - Hale School 1
18 - Presbyterian Ladies' College 5
19 - Methodist Ladies' College 4
20 - Methodist Ladies' College 3
23 - Sacred Heart College 3
24 - Sacred Heart College 1
29 - Willetton SHS 2
30 - Fountain College 1
31 - Willetton SHS 2
34 - St George's AGS 2
35 - Perth Modern School 7
36 - Perth College 1
37 - Perth College 4
39 - Guildford Grammar School 1
40 - Guildford Grammar School 5
41 - Guildford Grammar School 3

Wildcards
18 - St Hilda's AGS 1
14 - St Mary's AGS 2
1 - Perth Modern School 12
4 - Christ Church Grammar School 1
20 - Scotch College 2
39 - St Brigid's College 1
Senior

1 - Christ Church Grammar School 1
2 - Scotch College 3
3 - Iona Presentation College 2
4 - Shenton College 1
9 - Perth Modern School 4
10 - Perth Modern School 2
14 - Hale School 9
15 - St Mary's AGS 4
16 - Scotch College 4
18 - St Hilda's AGS 1
19 - Methodist Ladies' College 1
23 - Sacred Heart College 1
29 - All Saints' College 1
30 - Wesley College 3
34 - Perth College 1
39 - Eastern Hills SHS 1

MUR 2 Draw

posted 18 Jun 2017, 18:39 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 20 Jun 2017, 18:42 ]

The Draw for Make-Up Round 2 has been released and can be found hereMUR 2 will be held on the following dates:
  • Tuesday June 27 at Shenton College
  • Wednesday June 28 at Shenton College
  • Wednesday June 28 at Perth College
Please note that teams may not be debating at their usual debating time, or their usual venue for the Make Up Round.

Maps for each venue, including parking and debate room locations, can be found here. For more information about the MUR Draw, please contact Russell at russell.watt@wadl.org.

Christmas Island

posted 9 May 2017, 23:09 by Jolie Hewitt

WADL has been in Christmas Island for the past week! Katie, Anish and Jordi helped facilitate development workshops and practice debates with the Christmas Island District High School community. They had an absolutely amazing time and on behalf of WADL would love to thank the entire community for being so welcoming and enthusiastic towards debating!

2017 WA State Debating Squad Announcement

posted 19 Feb 2017, 04:00 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 19 Feb 2017, 04:01 ]

Congratulations to all of the debaters that attended today's State Team Trials at Shenton College! The quality of debates was outstanding, and the Selection Team had to make quite a few tough decisions. The members of the 2017 WA State Debating Square are as follows (in no particular order):
  • Xavier Hill Wilson (Shenton College)
  • Madeleine Hanlin (Methodist Ladies' College)
  • Eliza Smith (St Hilda's ASG)
  • Luke Button (Eastern Hills SHS)
  • Felix Jones (Scotch College)
  • Christopher-John Daudu (All Saints' College)
  • Natasha Tonga (Shenton College)
  • Isabel Boogaerdt (Perth Modern School)
  • Jannah Teo (South Coast Baptist College)
  • Orlagh Latawski (Perth Modern School)
  • Ava Cadee (Presbyterian Ladies' College)
  • Christopher Ivison (All Saints' College)
  • Sidharth Bhargavan (Scotch College)
The Squad will now go through three weeks of intensive training before the final team of four is selected to represent Western Australia and the 2017 National Schools Debating Championship in Brisbane in May.

WADL goes on ABC Esperance

posted 19 Oct 2016, 20:31 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 20:43 ]

A couple weeks ago our amazing Regional Officer Katie McAllister and Leah Vlatko, Kalgoorlie local and long-time debater, spoke to ABC Esperance Radio to Stan Shaw about our amazing Regional Program and recent expansion to Kalgoorlie. 

Download a copy of the interview below and give it a listen! 

If you are interested in finding out more about our Regional program click the 'Regional' tab above or email Katie at regional@wadl.org. 

2016 BP Debating Competition Champions

posted 19 Oct 2016, 17:45 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 19 Oct 2016, 17:45 ]

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Grand Final of the 2016 BP Debating Competition! It was fantastic to see such a diverse mix of students and teams competing in what was a very high quality debate.

The champions of the 2016 BP Debating Competition were Isobel Smith and Eliza Smith from St Hilda's ASG. The runners-up were Madeleine Hanlin and Imogen Field from Methodist Ladies' College, with Madeleine also receiving the best speaker award for the Grand Final.

Thank you to all of the teams that competed this year - we hope you had a great time!

The competition will be returning bigger and better in 2017, and we look forward to seeing you then.
2016 BP Debating Competition Grand Finalists

2016 BP Debating Competition Semi Finals

posted 15 Sep 2016, 00:40 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 15 Sep 2016, 00:44 ]

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the 2016 BP Debating Competition! The quality of debates was phenomenal, and all teams should be incredibly proud of their achievement.

The following teams have been invited to compete in the Semi Finals, to be held at Shenton College on Tuesday September 20.
  • Hale School 1: Mihailo Bozic & Alistair de Vroet
  • Methodist Ladies' College 1: Madeleine Hanlin & Imogen Field
  • Netwon Moore SHS 1: Reuben Pemberton-Ovens & Damon Barron
  • Perth Modern School 1: Clementine Smith & Oscar Wilson
  • Perth Modern School 5: Jemima Loveland & Oscar Wilson
  • Shenton College 3: Morgan Crockett & Michelle Lam
  • South Coast Baptist College 1: Shaylah Ryan-Sherriff & Jannah Teo
  • St Hilda's ASG 1: Isobel Smith & Eliza Smith
Debates will be held at the Gallipoli and Borneo Heritage Buildings at Shenton College, and will commence at 7pm on Tuesday September 20. Information about the location of debate rooms and parking can be accessed here.

For more information, contact Jolie and Russell at bpcompetition@wadl.org.

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