Debating is one of Alex’s most prominent and celebrated cultures. We have numerous teams in each age group (Grade 8, Junior, Senior) which face rival schools in the Pietermaritzburg Debating League such as Hilton College, Epworth, TWC, Maritzburg College and St Annes.

Teams consist of three students each. Teams take turns speaking. I.e.: Proposition team first speaker, then opposition first speaker, then proposition second speaker and so on. Each speaker has a unique role to play in edging their team onwards to victory.

Debates are adjudicated objectively by teachers and independent adjudicators from numerous schools that are a part of the league.

Alex has a long and proud heritage in the Pietermaritzburg Debating League. We have won the Pietermaritzburg Grand Finals numerous times in all age groups and frequently have speakers ranking in the city’s top 3.

Many of our speakers have been selected to represent the city in the invitation-only KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Tournament and also participate in other inter-league tournaments.

Alex also boasts a number of speakers who have represented the province at a national level, at the South African National School’s Debating Championship. 

Each team receives training twice a week and debates weekly during the season.


Training Times are as follows :


Monday                     2:45pm to 4:30pm - Grade 8

Wednesday               2pm to 5pm           - Juniors and Seniors 

Friday                       2pm to 3:30pm      - Grade 8, Juniors and Seniors