Secondary School


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In Secondary School, Debating is a dynamic co-curricular program that offers students the opportunity to develop confident public speaking skills, as members of a cohesive team.

At Ravenswood, each student is encouraged to discover and to exercise her voice, and Debating is a sociable activity that develops this valuable life skill. Supported by experienced coaches, students learn how to present and counter persuasive perspectives using structured, evidence-based arguments.

Debating also offers opportunities to expand students’ world views. Successful debaters are well-informed, aware of current affairs, engaged with world events and able to articulate diverse perspectives on contemporary issues.


Debaters in Secondary School participate in two main interschool competitions: the Independent Schools Debating Association Competition (ISDA) and the Archdale Debating Competition.

Ravenswood has a proud tradition of success in Debating over a number of years, with teams successfully reaching the Semi-Finals, Finals and Grand Finals in these interschool competitions. Students have also been selected to represent Australia at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships.

House Debating

Students also have the opportunity to participate in House Debating competitions. These activities are hotly contested and instill a strong sense of pride, teamwork and school spirit in the students.

Debating meetings are generally held once a week after school. Competitions can be held on Friday night or on Saturday, at various venues around Sydney.