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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.   

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Compulsory Registration and Consent

Parents are required to complete the online registration and consent for their child via the school website.

Please complete the online web form including each sport that your child may undertake for the year. The web form generates a school consent form which is to be completed, signed and placed in the tray on the counter in the Extra Curricular Office in room D101


Debaters must pay an annual levy for bus transport to competitions outside Brisbane, equipment, administration costs, adjudicators, workshops, registration fees, trophies and gifts for coaches. All prior levies are required to be finalised before commencing theh 2018 season.

  • $65 (2017)


  • GPS Season 2018

Friday 2 FebruaryIpswich Grammar SchoolBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 9 FebruaryAnglican Church Grammar Brisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 16 FebruaryBrisbane Grammar School Brisbane Grammar School, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill
Friday 23 FebruarySt Joseph's Nudgee College St Joseph's Nudgee College, 2199 Sandgate Road, Virginia
Friday 9 MarchBrisbane Boys' CollegeBrisbane Boys College, Kensington Terrace, Toowong
Friday 16 MarchThe Southport SchoolBrisbane State High School, Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane
Friday 23 MarchSt Joseph's College, Gregory TerraceSt Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill
  • QDU Season 2018

Finals Dates (Subject to Change)

Year 8, Year 9, Year 10,

Year 11, Year 12 and Senior A

Year 7
Wednesday 18 July  PreliminaryWednesday 20 June - Round 1
Wednesday 25 July - Finals Week OneFriday 2 August - Round 2
Wednesday 1 August - Finals Week TwoThursday 23 August - Round 3
Wednesday 8 August - Finals Week ThreeThursday 6 September - Round 4
Wednesday 17 August - Quarter Finals
Wednesday 22 August - Semi Finals
Wednesday 29 August - Grand Final Night


Return charter bus transport will be provide to Nudgee on 23 February. Parents may collect students form the venue. Transport to and from all other meets is the responsibility of parents.


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


GPS Debating is run entirely by volunteers. To help with set up, afternoon teas and coaching please contact the Master-in-Charge.

End of Season Presentation

An end of season presentation dinner is held for GPS Debating. Details regarding confirmed venue and ticket availability will be advised once the season begins. Tickets are sold at the B Block Finance Counter and must be purchased by the closing date to enable catering numbers to be finalised. Once ticket sales are closed no further tickets will be available for purchase.