The School takes part in three debating competitions:
The ISDA (Independent Schools Debating Association) and Eastside (schools located in the eastern suburbs) competitions in Terms I and II, and GPS (Great Public Schools) competition in Term III. Debating is available to boys in all Forms and training sessions take place after school.
An internal debating competition is run on Friday after school for interested boys in Forms I and II.
On debating nights parking is available at the nearby Riley Street Parking Station. Supper is held in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre Foyer after the debates.
|Debating Coordinator||Ms Johnson|
|MIC ISDA||Ms Newall|
|MIC Eastside||Ms Robinson|
|MIC GPS||Dr Dorofaeff|
Debating Age Managers
|Form I||Ms Rothbart and Dr Allen|
|Form II||Mr Bowes|
(Forms I and II)
|Form III||Mrs Cleave|
|Form IV||Dr Windon|
|Forms V and VI||Ms Johnson and Mr Reisner|
Eastside Debating Competition
The Eastside Debating Competition involves schools from Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.
Year 7–9 teams prepare at 5:25pm and debate at 6:30pm. Year 10 teams and Senior teams prepare at 6:25pm and debate at 7:30pm.
All debates will take place on level two of the Palladium Building and topics will be given out in the foyer on that level.
Eastside Debating Fixtures
GPS Debating Competition
Please note carefully the start times for debates in this competition, which may not agree with previous social debates or with ISDA or Eastside in Terms I and II. There have also been changes to start times in the GPS Competition in recent years.
Years 7, 8, 9 teams receive topics at 5:20pm and debate at 6:30pm following 45 minutes prep (5:45pm–6:30pm). Years 10, Thirds, Seconds and Firsts teams receive topics at 6:10pm and debate at 7:30pm following 1 hour preparation (6:30pm–7:30pm).
|Year 7||3–4 minutes||Year 10||5–7 minutes|
|Year 8||3–4 minutes||1st-3rd||5–7 minutes|
|Year 9||4–5 minutes|
There will be buses arranged for all away debates. There will be NO return buses. Note that the buses depart to arrive in time for the Year 8-9 topic distribution at 5:20pm, so boys need to come prepared to keep busy in the interim time. As usual, there will be a bus-booking sheet at Masters' Reception.
Sides (In ALL years)
Allocation of Affirmative and Negative sides for debates will be decided by a coin toss on the night. One coin toss will be made at 5:30pm for the junior debates and a second coin toss at 6:20pm for the senior debates.
Topics are given out in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre Foyer (AMTF) and debates will be held in the Palladium building levels 1–3. The Firsts debate will be held in the Palladium Theatre in the bottom level of the Palladium building.
GPS Debating Fixtures
Further information about the competition may be found on the GPS debating website.
Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) Competition
The Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) competition involves thirty-two schools divided into four zones.
A set of seven preliminary rounds is followed by an octos-final, a quarter-final and a semi-final round. The competition concludes with a grand final round.
Years 7 and 8 prepare at 5:45pm and debate at 6:30pm. Years 9 and 10 prepare at 6:30pm and debate at 7:15pm. Seniors A and B prepare at 7:30pm and debate at 8:15pm. These times may not apply to social debates and boys should check starting times with their coach.
Speaking times are as follows:
|Years 7 & 8||3-5 minutes|
|Years 9 & 10||4-6 minutes|
|Seniors A & B||5-7 minutes|
The ISDA Debating fixtures for 2019 are given below. Venues for semi-final rounds and the grand final round will be communicated when available.
There will be buses arranged for all away debates. There will be NO return buses. As usual, there will be a bus-booking sheet at Masters' Reception
Sides (In all years)
The Host School will affirm and the Away School will negate. For the Finals part of the season, a coin toss on the night will determine the allocation of Affirmative or Negative.
Topics are given out in the Alastair Mackerras Theatre Foyer (AMTF) and debates will be held in the classrooms around H Block.
ISDA Debating Fixtures
The addresses and maps of each school involved in the ISDA Competition, not found in the School Diary, are located on the ISDA website.