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​​The school was one of the first to encourage this fine activity. Debating fosters self-confidence and requires participants to listen to others and to comprehend the validity of others' points of view. It encourages awareness of social issues. It is very much a team activity; indeed, one of its main benefits for students is in the team preparation of each topic, preparatory to the debating competition night. Students always value the social opportunities the interaction creates and make many friends with their team members and opponents from the other schools. Debates are held on a 'home and away' basis during the season. Families are asked to assist with student transport to and from debates for safety reasons.

The school participates in two competitions organised by the Greater Public Schools (GPS) on Friday nights, and the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) on Wednesday nights. The seasons are organised on slightly different timetables. State High is consistently successful in debating.  However, above the importance of a win per se, is the importance of the fact that students learn to work together as a team, speak before an audience, articulate their case, listen to, comprehend, analyse and refute the opposing case, and at the end, shake hands with the opposition. ​  


Students are required to wear their formal school uniform to competitions.


The levy covers bus transport to competitions outside Brisbane, equipment, administration costs, adjudicators, workshops, registration fees, gifts for coaches, dinner subsidy and trophies.

  • $65 (2017)


GPS trials were completed Friday 17 February




View ​results on the Great Public Schools' Association​ of Queensland website


Go to Sport This Week for the Queensland Debating Union weekly competition rounds.

Dates and Venues GPS (2017)

​Dates​BSHS plays​Venues
​Friday 10 February​Anglican Church Grammar School​Anglican Church Grammar School, Oaklands Parade, East Brisbane
​Friday 24 February​Brisbane Grammar School

​Brisbane State High School

​Thursday 2 March​Nudgee College

Brisbane State High School

​Friday 10 March​Brisbane Boys College

​Brisbane State High School

​Friday 17 March​The Southport School​The Southport School, Winchester Street, Southport
​Friday 24 March​Gregory Terrace

Brisbane State High School

​Friday 21 April​Ipswich Grammar School​Ipswich Grammar School, Darling Street, Ipswich

QDU (2017)

​​Finals Dates (Subject to Change)

Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and Senior A

​Round Dates Year 7
Thursday 13 July Preliminary​Wednesday 14 June - Round 1
Wednesday 19 July - Finals Week One​Thursday 3 August - Round 2
Wednesday 26 July - Finals Week Two​Wednesday 30 August - Round 3
​Wednesday 2 August - Finals Week Three​Wednesday 11 October - Round 4
Wednesday 9 August - Quarter Finals
Friday 18 August - Semi Finals
​Wednesday 23 August - Grand Final Night


Buses will be provided for GPS debaters going to The Southport School, Ipswich Grammar School and Nudgee College.

Transport to and from all other invitational meets is the responsibility of parents.