To the staff and students who were involved in this week’s Teacher vs Student Debate! The topic of discussion was, “Students should be allowed to order in lunches”, with the teachers taking the affirmative side and students the negative. It was an outstanding debate with some great moments to pop in the memory banks of our students. Congratulations to all involved and well done to the students on their victory.

To the 11A CSDA team who participated in the semi finals for CSDA on Friday night of last week. The students were narrowly defeated and were very gracious in their loss. The team consisted of:

  • Gian Ellis-Gannell
  • Abigail Roberts
  • Olivia Carrozzi
  • Tessa Rabeau


CSDA Debating

This week marks the conclusion of the CSDA season. Thank you to all staff and students and of course to our parent community for all that they have done for CSDA Debating. The students are to be commended for the improvements that they have made in their skills this year and we look forward to seeing you in other events and competitions.


Archdale Debating

Round 6 will be held at Ascham this coming Tuesday. Year 7 and Year 8 debates will begin at 5:30pm and Years 9,10, and 11 will begin at 6:30pm.

You are warmly invited to join us as the girls love an audience.



 To Sophie Earle (Year 10) and Charlotte Cluff (Year 10) who are competing in the United Nations Youth UN NSW Negotiations Competition this weekend.

To Tahlia Moses (Year 7) and Frances O’Brien (Year 8) who will represent Loreto Normanhurst at the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition this week.


UN Youth Crisis Point

NSW United Nations Youth are running a crisis point summit for students in Years 7-10. It is a practical problem-based one day activity, where students work together in real time to develop a real working solution to a problem that is given to the students on the day. This is a new initiative run by Youth UN and is for students who want to challenge themselves. If you are interested, please contact Ms O’Dwyer ASAP.


UN Youth NSW Junior Leadership Weekend

Registrations are now open for students in Years  7 and 8 who are interested in making a change and being a leader. This is a two day program run by Youth UN NSW and held in September. Take a look  here and if you are interested, please contact Mrs O’Dwyer. 


Graham Freudenberg – the Donald Bradman of speech writing

Recently, Graham Freudenberg, the Donald Bradman of speech writing, passed away at age 85. Graham Freudenberg worked for Australian politicians for over 30 years as a speech writer and is credited with many of the pivotal speeches presented by the Labour Party.

While Freudenberg’s political alliance was always with the Labour party, he was revered across all political parties for his incredible art. Freudenberg was able to intertwine words into a wonderful tapestry that appealed to all walks of life.

Freudenberg still had the first speech that he wrote when he was a young boy. He knew at a young age that words had strength and power and that when crafted, they had an incredible ability to move into the soul and hearts of those who heard them.

In the middle of the academic year and with the passing of such an inspirational speech writer, it is a timely reminder of the power of our words and the tapestry that comes from carefully crafted words. For students who may be nervous or unsure about tasks that require speaking, I encourage you to reach out to your academic leaders for guidance and assistance.

For those interested in the works of Graham Freudenberg, see the following article posted by the ABC in regards to his passing.


For further information, please contact us via email.


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator