Archdale Debating Senior School Breakfast at Abbotsleigh

This week four Year 11 students attended the Archdale Debating Breakfast, hosted by Abbotsleigh. The guest speaker was Jarnae Leslie who is currently working on a PHD that is investigating Sustainable Futures. 

Below is a short reflection on the event:

“On the 26th of February, we were lucky enough to attend a Sustainable Futures Breakfast event at Abbotsleigh  with guest speaker Jarnae Leslie. Jarnae is currently at UTS in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation and is passionate about environmental sustainability and ethical futures development using creative practices.

Along with other students from many schools, we were able to listen to Jarnae and gain knowledge of the current sustainability problems facing our world today, in particular the climate crisis and waste production. She shared with us the root causes of these problems and why it is so difficult to solve them. Through sharing discussions with other students and critical thinking we were able to learn leadership skills, ethical living choices and how to work towards achieving our goals and passions concerning issues in society.

We were also informed about some very shocking statistics about waste production and climate change, and how we can help reduce and end these problems with critical thinking and teamwork.

Overall, the event taught us that if we are passionate about sustainability and working together as a society we can achieve many things.”

Molly Haymen and Chanelle Kong


Public Speaking

Congratulations to the students who put their names down for public speaking.  It is wonderful so many students are interested in public speaking, however as we can’t accommodate all students, trials took place this week and students will be informed in the coming days of their results.

CSDA Public Speaking Round 1 on Friday 6 March will be at St Augustine’s Brookvale at 6pm. We would love to see a crowd of Loreto supporters in the audience. Good luck to the students who are participating.



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.

Students should use the following link to sign up. Please note nominations will close on Monday 2 March.

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

(Please note that there has been a change to the draw.)


Mock Trial Team

Congratulations to all students who auditioned for the Mock Trial Team. The level of preparation and effort from all students is commendable.

Further congratulations to the following students who have been selected in our Mock Trial 2020 team. Good luck for the season. 

Year 10 Year 11 
Jessica Webster

Chloe Pereira

Ella McKenzie

Thea Whittaker

Olivia Alexander

Lily Hudson

Scarlett Butterfield

Annika Shankar

Brigid Quirk

Lucy Findlay


Oratory Handbook

Please find attached the Oratory Handbook. Students were emailed the handbook this week and I encourage you to take time to review the information  and discuss the various options with your daughter.


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 any 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 of course 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. Lets Go Loreto!


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator