Students at St Joseph’s have the opportunity to represent the College in a number of debating competitions each year. They are coached and supported by experienced staff and Old Boys who share their knowledge and passion for debating and help the boys develop as individual speakers and as teams.

Successful debating requires a detailed knowledge of current affairs, and the ability to form logical arguments on highly complex and often controversial issues facing society.

Debating encourages students to develop persistence, confidence, logic, teamwork and strong oratory skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

The capacity to think quickly, remain calm and communicate articulately are key to successful debating and these skills are nurtured at St Joseph’s.

Annual debating competitions for students in Years 7 to 12 include ISDA, GPS and FED Cup. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in in-school debates and the First team contests the Old Boys’ Debate against a team of SJC alumni.