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 competitions, 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 run wthe 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.
2017 Schools Debating Competition - REGISTRATIONS OPEN!
Registrations for the 2017 Schools Debating Competition are now open and can be completed here. For more information, contact Russell at email@example.com.
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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):
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
WADL is pleased to invite all members of the Perth debating community to the 2016 Perth Schools Debating Competition Grand Final, to be held on Tuesday August 30 at the University Club of Western Australia.
Congratulations to all teams that competed in the Schools Debating Competition this year, especially the teams debating in the 2016 Grand Final:
Novice - Willetton SHS 1 v Methodist Ladies' College 3
Junior - Methodist Ladies' College 1 v Perth Modern School 12
Senior - Shenton College 1 v Hale School 1
The programme for the Grand Final can be found below. Information about the location of the venue can be found here.
If you wish to attend the Grand Final, please RSVP below for catering purposes.
Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 Schools Debating Competition. A special congratulations to the teams that won their debates and have qualified for the Semi Finals.
The Semi Finals will be held on Tuesday August 16 at Shenton College (Please note: debates will be held in the Hollywood and Swanbourne Lecture Theatres located in the main block of the school NOT the heritage buildings used for preliminary rounds). Parking can be found in the main car park off Stubbs Terrace.
The Draw can be accessed below:
If you have any questions about the draw, please get in touch with Anish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all Semi Finalists!
WADL is pleased to invite all debating students, teachers and family members to the 2016 Albany Schools Debating Competition Grand Final to be held on Wednesday August 17 at the Albany SHS Performing Arts Theatre. A special congratulations to the teams debating in the Novice, Junior and Senior Divisions of the Grand Final.
Novice Grand Final - That we should ban child beauty pageants
Junior Grand Final - That low-income families whose children perform well in school should receive welfare bonuses
Senior Grand Final - That we should clone extraordinary individuals for the good of society (e.g. Elon Musk, Steve Jobs etc.)
For more information, please contact the Albany Competition Convenor, Savannah, at email@example.com.
WADL is pleased to invite all debating students, teachers and family members to the 2016 South West Schools Debating Competition Grand Final to be held on Wednesday August 10 at Edith Cowan University Bunbury, Campus Building 6. A special congratulations to the teams debating in the Novice, Junior and Senior Divisions of the Grand Final.
Novice Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for a 5:30pm start)
Junior Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for a 7:00pm start)
Senior Grand Final (spectators should arrive at the venue for an 8:30pm start)
We are also pleased to have the following distinguished guests attending the Grand Final in their capacity as patrons of the Competition: the Honourable Nola Marino, Federal Member for Forrest; the Honourable Colin Holt, MLC; and Lyn Farrell, Dean of Edith Cowan University Bunbury.
Light refreshments will be provided during the intermissions between each debate. Dymocks Booksellers will also have a bookstall on the night if you wish to purchase any books.
For more information, please contact the South West Competition Convenor, Charles, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Draw for the 2016 WADL Octofinals has been released and can be found below.
All debates will be held at Hale School on Tuesday August 2. A map with the location of parking and debate rooms at Hale School can be found here. Novice debates will be held at 6:30pm, Junior debates will be held at 7:20pm and Senior debates will be held at 8:15pm, with impromptu preparation commencing at 7:15pm.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Anish at email@example.com.
Good luck to all finalists!
At the end of April Katie McAllister, WADL's fantastic Regional Officer, and Leah Vlatko, a long-time WADL adjudicator and volunteer, spoke on ABC Mid-West and Wheatbelt radio with Glenn Barndon about our fantastic regional program in Geraldton and around Western Australia. You can 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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