Congratulations to all our teams for adjusting to the new realm of online debating and for the manner in which they have embraced this new way of debating. I thank all staff for their efforts in assisting the girls and ensuring the events run as smoothly as they can.

The 2020 season is about the pure joy of debating. Both competitions will run an amended finals series, however the organisers have stressed that in Covid-19 times, the focus of the competitions should be about engaging in debates and allowing students the opportunity to see their extra-curricular pursuits proceed. As usual, for our teams here at Loreto Normanhurst, the trophy is a great bonus, but the experience is worth far more.

Good luck

Good luck to our Mock Trial team who will participate in Round 2 against Turramurra High School on Monday 10  August. Students have again been working diligently on the case in preparation. We wish the following students the best of luck as they appear on behalf of the Loreto Normanhurst team:

Lily Hudson (Year 11)

Annika Shankar (Year 11)

Chloe Pereira (Year 11)

Ella McKenzie (Year 10)

Brigid Quirk (Year 10)

Olivia Alexander (Year 10)

Kirby Cup Registration

Registrations are now open for Year 10 and 11 students to participate in a modified version of Western Sydney University’s Kirby Cup. This event usually takes form as a Mooting Competition. For 2020, the organisers have decided to ask teams to submit an artefact in response to stimulus question/materials. Loreto Normanhurst will again enter two teams. Students who successfully proceed to the Semi Finals will be awarded early entry into the Western Sydney University’s Law undergraduate program. Last year one of our teams was successfully awarded the early entry scheme. For more information, please visit the Kirby Cup site. To register interest, your daughter should fill out this form by Monday 10 August.

Festival of Speech Registration

Registration is now open for Festival of Speech. This year’s event will take place at Pymble Ladies College  on Saturday  24  October. The event will run with a shortened program again this year and as such Drama and Debating will not be included in 2020. The program this year will include:

  • Junior Public Speaking
  • Senior Public Speaking
  • Junior Readings
  • Senior Readings
  • Junior Poetry
  • Senior Poetry
  • A Current Affairs
  • Religion and Ethics

Students who are interested in participating should nominate via this form. For information about the event, students are invited to check out the AHIGS Festival of Speech site. This event is the pinnacle event for Oratory@LN where we celebrate the wonderful talents of our students. Prior involvement in debating or public speaking at Loreto Normanhurst is not required to be included in the event.

Nominations will close on 12 August. Students will then go through a short try out program where required, and teams will begin coaching the week starting the 17 August. Please note that there is a cost for this event this year.

Legacy Public Speaking Competition Registration

Registration is now open for students in year 7-9 who are interested in registering their interest for Legacy Public Speaking Competition. Students are encouraged to check out the Competitions website for more information. There is a cost of $30 per entry that will be charged to you account if your daughter is successful in being selected to represent Loreto Normanhurst in this event. IF your daughter is interested in registering her interest, please ask her to complete the form by Friday the 14th of August.

Try this at home!

These are just a sample of topics students have debated the last three weeks. Why don’t you try them out at the dinner table with your family and see how you go:

  • Professional Sports competitions should go ahead with no spectators.
  • COVID-19 restrictions have gone too far.
  • Social media companies should be legally responsible for misinformation on their site.


Don’t forget to check Twitter @LNExtraCurric for any updates.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator