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SADA is responsible for administering the Independent Primary School Heads of Australia’s debating competition. This competition is run after school and provides an excellent grounding in debating for primary school students.

This competition is open to all IPSHA schools. However, primary school students in years 5 to 7 from all South Australian schools (including IPSHA schools) are eligible to debate in the SADA Schools’ Competition.

Entries for the 2021 Competition are now open.  If you are an IPSHA School interested in entering teams in this competition please fill out the form available here


The IPSHA rules and debating style is much the same as the SADA Junior Grade; debates are prepared topics, speeches are short and topics are appropriate for younger, inexperienced debaters. Accordingly, we encourage IPSHA schools to take advantage of the SADA's debating education program and resources.

The IPSHA competition is open to students in years 5 to 7. 


Unlike the SADA Schools' Competition, the IPSHA Competition is a highly decentralised competition. Rounds take place over a number of weeks with a small number of debates taking place at various IPSHA schools on multiple nights of the week. Debates start at 4.15pm and nights typically conclude by 6.00pm.

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