This web site has been set up to aid teachers, students, parents and interested members involved in the Catholic Schools Debating Association.  The CSDA has had a long history of success in raising the awareness of public speaking and debating in Catholic schools since before 1966.  We endeavour to maintain this proud tradition and promote a healthy competitive and social spirit in our young men and women.

This website is being updated.  Please check back in March 2018 for a new look and functionality.

Public Speaking Debating Co-ordinators - please note!

    The executive officer of the CSDA has sent several communications regarding public speaking and debating this year.  If you have not received these emails, please contact the executive officer.

Important Dates for 2018

Term 1

Public Speaking

2nd March

Round 1

9th March

Zone final

16th March

Grand final


Term 2


4th May

Round 1

11th May

Round 2

18th May

Round 3

25th May

Round 4

1st June

Round 5

15th June

Round 6

22nd June

Elimination final 2

29th June

Quarter final

Term 3

27th July

Semi final

3rd August

Grand final

CSDA Public Speaking Topics 2018

·       Select, don’t settle 

·       With me in charge…

·       It gets better

·       Just make it work!

·       It’s all just a little bit of history repeating

·       Be not afraid

CSDA Public Information 2017

Competition dates 2017

Here are the dates for the 2017 public speaking and debating competitions.

Draw for CSDA Metropolitan Debating 2017 Rounds 1 & 2

Draw for CSDA Metropolitan Debating 2017 Rounds 3 & 4

Draw for CSDA Metropolitan Debating 2017 Round 5

Draw for CSDA Metropolitan Debating 2017 Round 6

      Draw for CSDA Metropolitan Debating 2017 Elimination 2 and Quarter Finals

      Quarter-Finals Venues

      Semi-Final Venues with Schools - Note that the previous Greystanes venue has now changed to Riverview.

Results of the 2017 Metropolitan Debating Competition to date

Results of 2017 Metropolitan Public Speaking competition

Results of the competition held on March 17.

Results of 2016 Metropolitan Debating competition

Results of the competition

Here are photos of teams that took part in the finals competition on Friday 29 July.

CSDA IT Guidelines

CSDA guidelines for the use of computers, audiovisual equipment and privacy. These guidelines need to be read in conjunction with the rules of the relevant competition (debating or public speaking) and amplify the section in the rules dealing with the use of audiovisual equipment, cameras, mobile phones and other internet-capable devices. The guidelines spell out the responsibilities of all who take part in a CSDA event and the consequences of a breach.

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