The Western Australian Debating League aspires to ensure all students have meaningful access to debating that encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues and equips students with lifelong skills and the confidence to pursue their potential. WADL aims to do this by ensuring all WA school students have access to challenging debating competition, high quality resources and purpose-built development opportunities.

WADL is the leading debating organisation in Western Australia, and the state's sole affiliate of the Australian Debating Federation. We runs 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 National Schools Debating Championship every year.

2016 Schools Debating Competition - Draw Available Now!
The Draw for the 2016 Schools Debating Competition has been released and can be accessed at: http://draw.wadl.org. Specific information about different competition levels as well as a brief guide to the Draw can be found here
For more information, contact Anish at anish.badgeri@wadl.org.



2016 British Parliamentary Debating Competition
The 2016 BP Debating Competition will be beginning in mid September. For more information, please visit the BP Debating Competition Page. The results of the 2015 BP Grand Final are available here


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Applications for 2016 BP Convenor(s) Now Open!

posted 26 Apr 2016, 19:46 by Emma Boogaerdt   [ updated 26 Apr 2016, 19:48 ]

In 2014, the Western Australian Debating League launched the WADL British Parliamentary Debating Competition, which is an exciting and new opportunity for secondary school students in Western Australia. The WADL Committee are looking for passionate, committed Convenors for the BP Competition in 2016!

Role Description
This role is excellent to get more involved with WADL and build on your own organisational and event management skills. There is no pre-requisite experience required and this is a great opportunity for younger debaters to take on a role within WADL. 

The skills required for the role are: excellent organisational and time management skills, ability to work effectively in a team, strong written and oral communication skills, familiarity with the technical aspects of BP Debating, and, of course, a love of debating. 

Please see the attached document for a more detailed role description. 

The expected time commitment is several hours of per week, increasing in the lead up to the Competition in October, including potential travel to regional locations for some of the rounds. Previous Convenors and the WADL Committee are able to provide robust support for the Convenors. 

Applications 
If you are interested in applying for the position, please complete the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/91ADXkMbgt
The online form requires you to fill out your personal details, outline why you are qualified to convene the BP Competition and explain your vision for the Competition. Applications for the position close at 11:59pm on Friday May 6

Applications will be considered by the WADL Executive at an Executive Meeting, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email before the end of May.

For further information about the role, please contact Chelsea Moran, WADL President, at chelsea.moran@wadl.org.

2015 BP Competition Grand Final Results

posted 15 Oct 2015, 22:24 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 15 Oct 2015, 22:25 ]

Thank you to our 2015 BP Competition Grand Finalists for giving us an excellent debate on the motion that "This House Believes That the EU should force its members to receive an allocated number of refugees".

The results of the 2015 WADL BP Debating Competition Grand Final:

Champions: Max Anderson Loake & Adi Ganguly (Hale School)
Runners-up: Ben Armstrong & Mitchell Chatfield (Guildford Grammar School)

Best Speaker: Adi Ganguly (Hale School)

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016! 

Christine Seet & Charlotte Glance
2015 BP Competition Convenors

2015 BP Competition Grand Final

posted 23 Sep 2015, 07:22 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 23 Sep 2015, 07:24 ]

After an evening of excellent debates at the Semi Finals, the top four teams from the 2015 BP Debating Competition have been selected and are invited to compete in the Grand Final. The 2015 BP Grand Finalists are:

Ben Armstrong & Mitchell Chatfield (Guildford Grammar School)
Matthew Blacker & James Dingley (Hale School)
Max Anderson Loake & Adi Ganguly (Hale School)
Morgan Crockett & Michelle Lam (Shenton College)

The Grand Final will be held on Thursday October 15 at the University Club of Western Australia. The debate is open for all members of the WA debating community to attend, and we would encourage all participants from the 2015 Debating Competition to come and watch what will be an excellent BP Debate.

For more information, please contact the BP Competition Convenors, Christine Seet and Charlotte Glance at bpcompetition@wadl.org

2015 BP Competition Finalists

posted 15 Sep 2015, 01:54 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 20 Sep 2015, 04:28 ]

Well done to the following teams that have qualified for the Finals of the 2015 BP Debating Competition. The selected finalists represent the top teams from over 120 students who competed from Perth, Bunbury, Mandurah and Albany.

Ben Armstrong & Mitchell Chatfield (Guildford Grammar School)
Matthew Blacker & James Dingley (Hale School)
Max Anderson Loake & Adi Ganguly (Hale School)
Callum Noone & Clare Lagan (Margaret River SHS)
Reuben Pemberton-Ovens & Daman Barron (Newton Moore SHS)
Keisha Hewitt & Xavier Hill Wilson (Shenton College)
Morgan Crockett & Michelle Lam (Shenton College)
Isobel Smith & Madu Venkatasen (St Hilda's ASG)

The Semi Finals will be held on Tuesday September 22 at the UWA Faculty of Law. Debates will begin at 6:45pm, and all family, teachers and friends are invited to attend. The top four teams from the Semi Finals will then be invited to compete in the Grand Final in Term 4.

2015 SDC Grand Final Results

posted 1 Sep 2015, 17:42 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 1 Sep 2015, 17:47 ]

WADL would like to congratulate all teams that competed in the 2015 Schools Debating Competition Grand Final. The quality of debates was outstanding, and the adjudication panel agreed that all three debates were incredibly close.

The results of the 2015 Schools Debating Competition:

Novice

Winner: Hale School

Best speaker: Chirag Tharakan (Hale School)

Junior

Winner: Perth Modern School

Best speaker: Elizabeth Marsh (Perth Modern School)

Senior

Winner: Shenton College

Best speaker: Laura Gunning (Shenton College)

Congratulations once again to all speakers and teams, and thank you to everyone who attended the debates. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016!

2015 SDC Semi Finals Draw

posted 11 Aug 2015, 07:45 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 11 Aug 2015, 07:47 ]

The Draw for the 2015 Schools Debating Competition Semi Finals has been released.

The Semi Finals will be held at Shenton College on Tuesday August 18. All winning teams from the Quarterfinals will be debating at the Semi Finals.

For more information, please contact Anish Badgeri, Administrative Vice-President, at anish.badgeri@wadl.org.

2015 Albany Schools Debating Competition Grand Final

posted 6 Aug 2015, 02:20 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 6 Aug 2015, 02:20 ]

The Albany Schools Debating Competition will be culminating next week with the inter-school debating Grand Final. Students from North Albany Senior High School, Albany Senior High School, Great Southern Grammar School and St Joseph's College will come together for a night of debates to celebrate the season and to celebrate our best performing teams.

The Grand Final will be held from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Albany Town Hall. We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate the students' successes with them!

2015 Schools Debating Competition Finalists

posted 13 Jul 2015, 01:25 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 13 Jul 2015, 01:27 ]

After another fantastic season of the WADL Schools Debating Competition, WADL would like to congratulate all teams that competed in the Preliminary Rounds this year. The standard of debating was outstanding, and all teams should be very proud of their achievement.

A special congratulations to the teams that have broken to the Finals of the 2015 Schools Debating Competition.

NOVICE

Division Winners

1  Santa Maria College 2
2  Hale School 7
3  Hale School 9
4  Hale School 8
 Methodist Ladies' College 4
 Methodist Ladies' College 3
 Methodist Ladies' College 1
10  Carmel School 2
11  Scotch College 10
12  Churchlands SHS 1
13 — Hale School 7
14  St Mary's AGS 3
15  Perth Modern School 1
16  Perth Modern School 2
17  Perth Modern School 3
18  Perth Modern School 4
19  Perth Modern School 9
20  Mt Lawley SHS 1
21  Chisholm Catholic College 2
22  All Saints' College 6
23  Perth Modern School 10
24  Shenton College 8 
25  Sacred Heart College 5
26  St Mark's ACS 1
27  Sacred Heart College 6

Wildcards

10  Methodist Ladies' College 2
11  Newman College 4
15  Perth College 1
16  Perth College 2
25  St Stephen's School (Duncraig) 2
26  Sacred Heart College 1
26  Sacred Heart College 4
JUNIOR

Division Winners

1  Willetton SHS 1
2  Shenton College 2
3  Christ Church Grammar School 4
4  St Hilda's ASG 1
— Shenton College 1
 St Hilda's ASG 2
 Methodist Ladies' College 1
 Methodist Ladies' College 2
 Carmel School 1
10  Presbyterian Ladies' College 2
11 — Newman College 1
12  Churchlands SHS 1
14  Newman College 4
15  Perth Modern School 6
16  Perth Modern School 4
17  Perth Modern School 3
18  Perth Modern School 1
19  Perth Modern School 17
20  Chisholm Catholic College 1
21  Shenton College 6
22  Perth Modern School 13
23  Perth Modern School 11
25  Ballajura Community College 2
26  St Stephen's School (Duncraig) 2

Wildcards

 CBC Fremantle 1
 Hale School 7
 Presbyterian Ladies' College 3
 Scotch College 2
 Presbyterian Ladies' College 4
14  St Mary's AGS 3
15  Perth College 1
16  Perth College 2
SENIOR

Division Winners

1  Aquinas College 1
2  St Hilda's ASG 1
3  Christ Church Grammar School 2
 Presbyterian Ladies' College 2
 Methodist Ladies' College 1
11 — Hale School 1
12  Hale School 2
15  Perth Modern School 6
16  Perth Modern School 8
19  Shenton College 3
20  Shenton College 2
21  Shenton College 1
25  St Mark's ACS 1
26  Prendiville Catholic College 1

Wildcards

 Scotch College 1
12  St Mary's AGS 2
15  Guildford Grammar School 1
20  Perth Modern School 10

2015 National Schools Debating Championships

posted 21 May 2015, 07:03 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 24 May 2015, 03:07 ]

After a week of incredibly high quality debates against all seven other states and territories, the WA State Debating Team's adventure at the 2015 National Schools Debating Championships has come to an end.

With wins against New South Wales, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory; and with narrow losses against Victoria, Queensland and South Australia - the WA State Debating Team has performed outstandingly this year. The team broke fourth at the competition, and debated against Queensland in the semi finals. Breaking into the finals is an incredibly impressive achievement, and this is the second time in seven years that the WA team has broken.

Unfortunately the team lost to Queensland in a 4-1 split decision in the semi finals, on the motion that we should ban public denial of climate change. Queensland did go on to compete in the Grand Final against New South Wales; with WA being the only state to have beaten the eventual champions, NSW, in the preliminary rounds.

To top off the team's performance, both Archie Stapleton and Laura Gunning were named as highly commended speakers at the competition. This achievement recognises their fantastic performance at the competition, and it is very rare for one state to receive two highly commended speakers.

Overall, we are incredibly proud of the team's performance, and we look forward to more success at future National Schools Debating Championships!

2015 WA State Debating Team

posted 24 Mar 2015, 00:42 by Anish Badgeri   [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 00:43 ]

Congratulations to all of the students who trialled with the 2015 WA State Debating Squad. After weeks of intensive training, the final team of four has been selected to represent WA at the 2015 National Schools Debating Championships in Adelaide. The 2015 WA State Debating Team will consist of:

Archie Stapleton (Hale School) - Captain
Laura Gunning (Shenton College)
Mac Hanlin (Scotch College)
Patrick Morrison (Perth Modern School)

The State Team will now undergo further training before the 2015 NSDC to be held in May. We wish the 2015 WA State Debating Team the best of luck!

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