2018 Primary School Competition – Yr 5 & 6

18 May 2018: Cut off date for Primary School Competition entries
1 June 2018: Primary Schools Competition Draw and Topics released to all participating schools
3 June 2018: Primary Schools Competition (and Junior Secondary) Summer School  – BRISBANE (Venue – BGGS)

Eligibility and Speaker Times

Teams must have a minimum of four members and a maximum of five members in all  grades. The age and education restrictions for  each grade are as follows;

Grade 6                  Under 13 years                        Year 6 or below
Grade 5                  Under 12 years                        Year 5 or below

All speeches for the Primary School Competition are 4 minutes

Format and  Round Dates

The Primary Schools Competition consists of four debating rounds held on the following dates:

Years 5 & 6
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Thursday, 9 August 2018
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Debates are scheduled to commence at 6:00 pm , 6:45 pm and 7:30 pm.
The  exact time of all debates is set out in the competition draw.

Postponement Dates

To make things a little easier we have dedicated THREE Postponement dates in the calendar, which will be the first dates considered after a postponement is granted by the QDU under the QDU Rules and communicated in writing to both schools involved.

The three dates selected are:
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Wednesday 10 October 2018

Failing the utilisation of these two dates, the QDU’s default position is to try an place postponed debates on “other” debating nights
(e.g. Year 7 postponements to be on nights and at venues where we have Years 5 and 6 debating…and vice-versa)


2018 Entry Fees

Team Nomination Fees – First two teams in each year group – per team

QDU Primary Schools Competition

Year 5              $ 140.00 + GST = $ 154.00
Year 6              $ 140.00 + GST = $ 154.00

QDU Year 7 Competition

Year 7              $ 170.00 + GST = $ 187.00

In 2018 a tiered fee of $20.00 per team (+ GST) will be added to the above applicable entry fees for schools that wish to nominate a third team in any individual year level (up to the maximum number permitted). This fee will be increased to $40.00 per team (+GST) for the fourth and any additional nominated team(s) per school in each individual year group.

Prices for teams above the maximum number of teams permitted in QDU competitions will be negotiated on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the QDU Executive in all cases.