Oratory

Goodluck to Cate Smith (Year 7) and Frances O’Brien (Year 8) participating in the CSDA Public Speaking Grand finals at Marist College North Shore tonight at 7pm. We would love to see as many of you there as possible to show support for these girls.

Tanaya Kumar, Year 12, was among 120 Year 11 and 12 students from around Australia who attended the 24th  National Schools Constitutional Convention (NSCC), at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. This is a huge achievement and Tanaya was selected from over 800 students from government, independent and Catholic schools. Please enjoy her account of the Convention below.

“I recently had the honour of attending the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention in Canberra and the topic of discussion was ‘A new constitutional preamble for Australia?’. 120 students across Australia, including myself, came to seek a greater understanding of the constitution, our democracy, and how to become active citizens. The topic of the preamble was very interesting as although a preamble is not justiciable, it articulates and gives legitimacy to profound political change and has the potential to serve as the declaration of belief for the nation that permeates through the social and cultural fabric. For these reasons, creating a new preamble with my peers was difficult and gave rise to questions about whether Indigenous Australians should be mentioned in the preamble, similar to other nations, and whether a direct reference to the ‘Crown’ is still relevant. To help deepen our understanding, we were given the opportunity to hear from speakers who were experts in the field including the Hon Tony Smith MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, ANU law professors as well as the Ambassador from the Embassy of Switzerland and more. Overall, the Convention opened doors to politics and government and I look forward to carrying this rewarding experience into the future.”

Tanaya Kumar

Mock Trial

Congratulations to the following students for their convincing Round 1 win against Normanhurst Boys this week. The team consisted of:

Chloe Pereira Year 10
Molly Carter  Year 11
Isobel King Year 11
Claudia Lyndon Year 11
Lily Martin Year 11
Gabriella Sposari Year 11

 

Rostrum

Congratulations to the students who participated in Rostrum Voice of Youth. This coming week, Swetha Kumar (Year 12)  will also compete in Round 1. We wish her the best of luck.

 

Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator