Welcome to Loreto Normanhurst Oratory for 2018. We welcome new students in all year groups and our new community members in the primary school. Oratory is building up for another year of exciting events and we look forward to once again seeing so many of our students partake in the varied opportunities that we provide at Loreto Normanhurst.

Over the coming weeks information will  be emailed to students regarding the various teams and competitions they can enrol in. I encourage you to sit with your daughters and discuss their goals for extra-curricular this year. There are a number of opportunities that cater for all levels.

We will be hosting an Introduction to High School Debating for Years 7 and 8 students on Tuesday 27  February. Students will receive information about this in the coming week. We encourage all Years 7 and 8 students who are interested in debating to take part in this workshop. It will be run by our senior debaters and Academic Activities Captains. Later in the year we will also run an Introduction to Public Speaking for Years 7 and 8. While this may not coincide with the public speaking competitions, it will be a great opportunity for students to strengthen their skills for their academic presentations.

We wish the best of luck to Dominica Leaver who will represent Loreto Normanhurst at this year’s Lions Youth of the Year for the St Ives Club, in the coming days. Dominica will undergo an interview process and present both prepared and impromptu speeches.

Congratulations to Swetha Kumar who has been selected to participate in YMCA NSW Youth Parliament later this year. This is an incredible opportunity. Swetha’s nomination has been supported by her local MP, Ray Williams.

Your daughter could also make contact with their respective house Academic Activities Leader or the School Academic Activities Captain. This year, these students are:

School Academic Activities Captain: Gabrielle Couter

Aston: Abigail Ardron

Barry: Lauren Marshall

Kendall: Gina Mark

Kuring-Gai: Alexandra Saad

Maye: Daniella Bianchi

Mornane: Amy Dalton

Mulhall: Rosalind Daly

Ward: Lecquia Chang


Please find attached Oratory at Loreto Normanhurst 2018, giving you a few more details about Oratory Events, their timing and the level of commitment required. I have also included dates for the CSDA Competitions and Archdale Competitions. There will be new events this year and we will email these as required.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Academic Activities Leaders.

We are also looking for ex-students and parents who wish to be coaches or adjudicators for the Oratory Program in 2018. Please contact the Oratory Team for further information.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator