Talk for a Minute

Congratulations to Tamsyn Coetzee and the Academic Leaders on a successful start to ‘Talk for a Minute’ – a student-led initiative designed to take the fear out of public speaking. One hundred and twenty five students spoke for one minute on a variety of topics and the LRC was loud, chaotic and filled with students who were willing to give public speaking a go. The event will run again in Term 2.

What is high school debating?

To prepare students in Years 7 and 8 interested in debating, a workshop will be delivered by the Academic Activities Leaders and Senior Debaters. This workshop is a one hour session and will run in Week 6 from 3:30-4:30pm on Tuesday 5 March.  This is a great taste tester for students to discover what debating is in high school is all about in a fun and relaxed environment. Students do not need to register as a debater to attend, nor are they then automatically part of the debating team if they do attend. A permission note will be sent directly to Year 7 and 8 students next week.

CSDA and Archdale Debating

Registration has opened for debating for both CSDA and Archdale debating. Please ensure that before your daughter registers, you take the time to ensure that the dates outlined for both competitions do not clash with existing commitments. It is important that students commit to their team and are available for training and debating. The dates for both competitions can be found in the table below  and information regarding fees, selection process and training sessions are available in the Oratory Handbook. Any further questions can be directed to the oratory team.

Please note that this year we will be implementing an attendance policy. This will be communicated via the newsletter in the coming weeks.

To register for debating, please click here.

Registrations close on  Saturday 9 March and trials, if required, will take place after school in Week 8. Students will be emailed information about this in Week 7.

The dates for CSDA Debating and Archdale this year are:

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


UN Youth Australia

UN Youth Australia offers a number of programs throughout the year. These programs are designed to be fun, educational and give students a taste of UN work. The following opportunities have opened for registration. Please register your interest with Ms O’Dwyer before you complete your registration.


Coaches and Adjudicators           

We are inviting ex-students and parents to be a part of the Oratory@LN team in 2019. We are looking for adjudicators and coaches and no experience is necessary, just simply an interest in all things oratory. You will need a Working with Children number.

If you are interested, please contact the oratory team via oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

For further information, please refer to the Oratory@LN Handbook and or contact us at oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator