Welcome to Loreto Normanhurst Oratory for 2017

Welcome to new families and students in all year groups.  Oratory is building up for another year of exciting events and we look forward to once again seeing so many of our students take part  in the varied opportunities that we provide at Loreto Normanhurst.

Over the coming weeks information will begin to be emailed to students regarding the various teams and competitions they can enrol in. I encourage you to sit with your daughters and discuss their goals for extra-curricular this year. There are a number of opportunities that cater for  the inexperienced orator to the advanced debater.

We will be hosting an Introduction to High School Debating for Year 7 students on Tuesday 7 March. Students will receive information about this in Conversation Period in the coming weeks. We encourage all Year 7 students who are interested in debating to take part in this workshop. It will be run by our senior debaters and Academic Activities Captains.

Congratulations to Niamh Condon, Year 12,  who was awarded Lions Youth of the Year for the St Ives Club this week. Niamh now progresses through to the zone finals, where she will again undergo an interview process and present both prepared and impromptu speeches. Read more about Niamh’s achievement here.

Your daughter could also make contact with her respective house Academic Activities Leader or the School Academic Activities Captain. This year, these students are:

School Academic Activities Captain: Niamh Condon

Aston: Isabella Mosser

Barry: Prudence Watts

Kendall: Rosie Xu

Kuring-Gai: Laura Zanatta

Maye: Annika Hegde

Mornane: Claire Hassall

Mulhall: Lauren Graham

Ward: Olivia Bell

Please find attached your copy of Oratory at Loreto Normanhurst 2017, giving you a few more details about oratory events, their timing and the level of commitment required. There will be new events this year and  we will email these out as we get closer.

Please find the  CSDA 2017 dates here and the Archdale 2017 dates here.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me  or the Academic Activities Leaders.

We are also looking for ex-students and parents who wish to be coaches or adjudicators for the oratory program in 2017. Please contact the oratory team for further information.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator