Welcome to Loreto Normanhurst Oratory for 2019

We welcome new students in all year groups and to our new community members in the primary school. Oratory is building up for another year of exciting events and we look forward to once again seeing 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 activities this year. There are a number of opportunities that cater for all levels.

Congratulations to Swetha Kumar who represented Loreto Normanhurst at this year’s St Ives Lions Club, Youth of the Year Program. Swetha underwent an interview process and the following night presented a prepared speech and two impromptu speeches extremely well.



Students have been emailed information regarding The Catholic Schools Association Public Speaking Competition and also Rostrum Voice of Youth. Try outs for students who have nominated will be this coming week and information will be emailed to you in regards to this process.  The dates for both competitions are below.

If your daughter has nominated, can you please ensure that she is available for all dates for the competitions. Unfortunately, only the first round date for Rostrum has been released and the venues for CSDA have not been announced. This information will be communicated to the students once we receive it.

CSDA Public Speaking Comp – 8/3/2019, 15/3/2019, 22/3/2019

Rostrum Voice of Youth – 14/3/2019

The YMCA Youth Parliament is currently open for students in Years 10-12 to nominate for participation. Nominations close early March. Please note there is a cost and time commitment required for this event and details can be found via their website. Student who are interested in nominating must register their interest with the   oratory team.



Students can also make contact with their respective House Academic Activities Leader or the School Academic Activities Captain. This year, these students are:

School Academic Activities Captain

Tamsyn Coetzee


Courtney Parslow


Jasmine Tang


Swetha Kumar


Christina Saad


Claire Heo


Amila Browning


Hannah John


 Natalie Martinez


Guidelines and dates

Please find a link to your copy of Oratory at LN 2019  and Nomination Guidelines, giving you a few more details about Oratory Events, their timing and the level of commitment required. Also included are the dates for the CSDA Competitions and Archdale Competitions. There will be new events this year and we will email these closer to the time.

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 2019. Please contact the oratory team for further information.

CSDA Debating Dates

Archdale Debating Dates

May 3 Round 1 May 21 Round 1
May 10 Round 2 May 28 Round 2
May 17 Round 3 June 4 Round 3
May 24 Round 4 June 11 Round 4
May 31 Round 5 June 18 Round 5
June 14 Round 6 July 30 Round 6
June 21 Elimination 2 Debating August 6 Round 7
June 28 Quarter-Finals Debating August 13 Rescheduled Debates
July 26  Semi-Finals Debating August 20 Tie Breakers
August 2 Grand Final Debating August 27 Quarter Finals
    September 3   Semi Finals
    September 10 Grand Final


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator