Lions Youth of the Year – St Ives Lions Club

Congratulations to Gian Ellis-Gannell (Year 12) who participated in the St Ives Lions Club Youth of the Year competition this past week. Gian was a wonderful representative of Loreto Normanhurst and is commended for her powerful responses to the following impromptu topics:

  • Who is you Role Model and Why?
  • If you were Prime Minister, what would you proceed to do to prevent the re-occurrence of the 2019/2020 Bushfire Catastrophe?


Extra-Curricular Fair

The Extra-Curricular Fair will take place this coming Monday at lunch time. Oratory will have a stand and we are looking forward to answering all the questions students may have about oratory activities. Don’t forget to come and have a go at ‘Talk For a Minute’.


Oratory Handbook

Students will be emailed the Oratory Handbook which provides details around each event and approximate timings. Please encourage students to share this information with you. 


Public Speaking

Nominations have opened for the CSDA Public Speaking Competition and Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition. Students must use their school email address to nominate and must do so by 9pm on Monday 17 February.  For year groups that will require trials, these will be held following the close of nominations.

CSDA Public Speaking Competition Dates



6 March | 6pm registration Round 1 – Eliminations
13 March | 6pm registration Semi Finals
20 March | 6pm registration Grand Finals


Rostrum Voice of Youth

Please note that venues have not been confirmed. There is a cost assigned to this activity for students who are successfully selected from the trials.

Date: Round 1 -6th April

Venue Hornsby Girls High

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

To nominate for either of these events, please click this link.



Registration in now open for CSDA and Archdale Debating. The dates for these competitions are available for your information. Please ensure students are available for all dates before they nominate:

2020 Archdale Debating Competition Draw

2020 CSDA Draw

More detailed information will be sent to students that outlines the cost and commitment of both competitions. Students are encouraged to attend the Extra-Curricular Fair on Monday 17 February to ask further questions. You can also refer to the Oratory Handbook  for further information.

Students should use the following link to sign up for Archdale and CSDA Debating

You can also visit the respective competitions’ website for further information.




Coaches and adjudicators           

We are inviting ex-students and parents to be a part of the Oratory@LN team in 2020. 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, there are a number of people that can help you. Students are encouraged to speak to the Academic Activities Leaders, their Tutors and Heads of House, and myself. The Academic Activities Captain for 2020 is Maanya Maini and she will also share information with students as it comes to hand.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020. #LetsGoLoreto!


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator