Lions Youth of the Year Quest

Congratulations to Erin Longney (Year 12) and Michelle Hoffman (Year 11) who participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest for Berowra and Hornsby in Week 4. Well done to Michelle for receiving the Public Speaking Award at the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Hornsby. A big congratulations to Erin for being named the overall winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Berowra. Erin will participate in the Area Regional Finals in Week 7. We wish Erin the best of luck.


Public Speaking

Congratulations to all students who tried out for Public Speaking Competitions this term. All students presented interesting speeches and are to be commended for their efforts. The Junior Entrants have been confirmed and we are finalising Senior contestants this week. We wish these students the best of luck as they prepare for their respective competitions.


Mock Mediation/Mock Trial

Congratulations to the following students upon their selection for either the Mock Trial or the Mock Mediation Team in 2021.

Mock Mediation
Year 9 Year 10

Tahlia Moses

Harriet Carmichael

Jane Dobeson

Sairsha Davies

Saskia Chapman

Maria El Haddad

Hannah Cho

Xin (Monica) Teng


Mock Trial
Year 10 Year 11

Amelia Hadwen

Elli Barron

Frances O’Brien

Lucy Deloughery

Sarah Chung

Brigid Quirk

Ella McKenzie

Jessica Webster

Olivia Alexander

Scarlett Butterfield



Registrations are now open for Debating 2021. All competitions are still yet to confirm the formats for 2021. Please find below an overview of the competitions that Oratoy@LN are involved in:

Competition Dates and Times Year Groups Teams

Fridays, 3.30pm to 8.30pm approx

Click here for CSDA 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 12 2 teams per year group


Year 7 and 8: 3.30pm to 6.30pm

Years 9 to 11: 3.30pm to 8pm

Click here for Archdale 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 12

2 teams in Years 7 to 9

1 team in Year 10

1 team in Year 11

AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating Competition Various dates and times throughout the year Years 7 to 10

1 combined Year 7 and 8 team

1 combined Year 9 and 10 team

We encourage all debaters to take part in the Oratory Club in Term 2 to complement their training before their respective debates.

Please ensure you have checked the dates for the competitions. The dates are included in the table above.

Secondary students should click here to complete your nomination for Debating.


Oratory Club

Due to demand, Oratory Club was started this week. It was great to see students coming to get a taste test of what is to come in Term 1. Nominations are still open for Term 1 and will end on the 3/3/2021. The focus of this term is: Becoming a Confident Speaker.

Each student will set their own goals and each week we will focus on developing strategies and skills to help us overcome our fears and nerves. If you are a Secondary student, click here to register your interest.


The YMCA Youth Parliament

Registration is currently open for students in Years 10-12 to nominate for participation. Nominations close early March. There is a cost and time commitment required for this event. Take a look at the website here and then register your interest with oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself 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 2021. Please contact the oratory team for further information at oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator