Chess and Debating


The game of Chess is over 1300 years old and is one of the most popular games in the world.

At St Patrick's College, Chess is equally revered, seen not only as a fun pastime but as a great way for students to develop thinking skills, develop friendships, become a team member and represent their House or College.

The St Patrick's Chess program provides all students with an opportunity to participate in competition against other students in a safe and social environment. The program begins with Chess Club, which operates out of the library. It is an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to come along and enjoy a social game of Chess. Chess Club also provides an opportunity for those students wishing to learn Chess a chance to develop strategies and tactics. Expert tuition is provided by our National Championship winning coach.

Term 2 is the start of the Inter-School AIC season. Students in Years 5-12 compete in Junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions on Friday afternoons in a home and away style competition. St Patrick's College Chessmen have regularly placed in the top three of this competition.


Debating is an enjoyable activity that develops confidence and an ability to work in a team, research and logically argue both sides of a given topic, and speak confidently. Debating has been strongly supported in the College for many years with opportunities for participation in Inter-House and Inter-School competitions. Both experienced and new debaters are welcome to join the teams in early February each year. Astute coaching of the many talented young men has frequently resulted in competition victory.

Each year, St Patrick's College takes part in the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Schools Competition and acts as a host school for one or more year levels. The competition runs across most of the year, with preliminary debates held monthly in Terms 1 and 2 and finals held during Terms 3 and 4. Students in Years 7 to 12 are able to join teams competing in the QDU competition, with the College regularly participating in the finals, particularly in Year 12.