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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
You can register for the 2016 Competition here.
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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 email@example.com.
Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Albany Schools Debating Competition this year! A special congratulations to the following teams who have qualified for the finals series and will be debating at the Semi Finals on Wednesday August 3 at Albany SHS.
Novice: That regional farmers should be allowed to genetically modify livestock (Debates commence at 6:30pm)
Junior: That we should recognise Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution (Debates commence at 7:20pm)
Senior: That we should grant the Northern Territory to Indigenous Australians as an independent nation (Debates commence at 8:15pm)
If you have any further questions then please contact Savannah 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
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 2016 Schools Debating Competition.
1 — Methodist Ladies' College 2
2 — Presbyterian Ladies' College 4
3 — Perth Modern School 3
4 — Perth Modern School 2
5 — Presbyterian Ladies' College 2
6 — Perth Modern School 4
8 — Sacred Heart College 4
9 — St Stephen's School (Duncraig) 2
10 — St Stephen's School (Carramar) 1
12 — Perth Modern School 6
13 — Carmel School 1
14 — Perth Modern School 5
16 — Guildford Grammar School 3
17 — St Brigid's College 1
18 — Kalamunda SHS 1
20 — Methodist Ladies' College 3
21 — Presbyterian Ladies' College 7
22 — Mercedes College2
23 — Methodist Ladies' College 5
25 — Aquinas College 1
26 — Applecross SHS 1
27 — Willetton SHS 1
29 — Mt Lawley SHS 4
30 — Perth Modern School 10
31 — Perth Modern School 1
32 — Perth Modern School 9
34 — Hale School 6
35 — Hale School 12
8 — Sacred Heart College 7
22 — St Hilda's ASG 2
24 — Methodist Ladies' College 4
30 — Carmel School 3
1 — Christ Church Grammar School 2
2 — Perth Modern School 8
3 — Shenton College 1
4 — Perth Modern School 2
5 — Scotch College 4
6 — Shenton College 2
8 — Sacred Heart College 4
9 — Sacred Heart College 3
12 — Perth Modern School 12
13 — Perth Modern School 13
14 — Perth Modern School 14
16 — Eastern Hills SHS 1
17 — Guildford Grammar School 4
18 — Guildford Grammar School 1
20 — St Hilda's ASG 1
21 — Presbyterian Ladies' College 3
22 — Methodist Ladies' College 3
23 — Methodist Ladies' College 1
25 — All Saints' College 3
26 — All Saints' College 1
27 — Willetton SHS 1
29 — Trinity College 1
30 — Perth Modern School 15
31 — Perth College 4
32 — Mt Lawley SHS 2
34 — St Mary's AGS 2
35 — Scotch College 11
36 — St Mary's AGS 1
3 — Christ Church Grammar School 1
14 — Hale School 1
20 — Presbyterian Ladies' College 2
26 — Santa Maria College 1
1 — Shenton College 3
2 — Perth Modern School 2
3 — Shenton College 1
8 — St Stephen's School (Duncraig) 1
12 — Perth College 1
16 — Guildford Grammar School 1
20 — Christ Church Grammar School 5
21 — St Hilda's ASG 1
25 — CBC (Fremantle) 1
26 — Aquinas College 1
29 — Mt Lawley SHS 1
34 — Hale School 1
35 — Hale School 2
1 — Perth Modern School 1
20 — John XXIII College 1
20 — Scotch College 3
29 — Perth Modern School 5
29 — Perth College 3
34 — Scotch College 4
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
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:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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:
Winner: Hale School
Best speaker: Chirag Tharakan (Hale School)
Winner: Perth Modern School
Best speaker: Elizabeth Marsh (Perth Modern School)
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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