CSDA Public Speaking

Congratulations to the following students who competed in Round 1 of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition on Friday 5 March:

Year 7

Eva Parratt

Charlotte Barnett

Year 8

Ava Martin

Anika Banerji

Year 9

Myra Maini

Ella Khoury

Year 10

Indianna Cane

Frances O’Brien


Erin Longney

Congratulations to the following students who were selected through to the Semifinals of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition.

  • Eva Parratt
  • Charlotte Barnett
  • Ava Martin
  • Anika Banerji
  • Indianna Cane
  • Frances O’Brien
  • Erin Longney

We wish these students the best of luck when they compete virtually tonight, Friday 12 March.

Rostrum Voice of Youth

Congratulations to the following students who competed in Round 1 of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition on Wednesday 10 March:

Year 8 – Jnr Division

Rose Cunningham

Year 9 – Jnr Division

Tahlia Moses

Year 9 – Jnr Division

Isabella Tesoriero

Year 9 – Snr Division

Ella Khoury

Year 9 – Snr Division

Myra Maini

Year 12 – Snr Division

Erin Longney

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Runner Up in their respective heats:

  • Isabella Tesoriero
  • Myra Maini

Special mention to Myra and to Ella for stepping up into the Senior Division for this competition.

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

Congratulations to Erin Longney who this week participated in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest for the Regional Area Finals. While Erin did not win, she was an incredible Ambassador for both the school and for the Lions Club of Berowra. Erin appeared on the Local Community Radio Station, Triple H 100.1 FM, on Monday 1 March. Along with the winner from the Hornsby Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Erin answered questions on her experience in this competition, her goals and her experiences at school thus far. Congratulations, Erin.

Debating Registrations

Debating registrations will close on Monday 15 March, 2021. An extension has been in place to ensure all students have an opportunity to register their interest. The following table provides same basic information about each competition. Please take time to consider each one before your daughter nominates for debating:


Dates and Times

Year Groups



Fridays, 3:30pm-8:30pm approx.

Click here for CSDA 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 12

2 teams per year group


Fridays, 3:30pm-6:30pm for Years 7 and 8

3:30pm-8:00pm for Years 9 to 11

Click here for Archdale 2021 Dates

Years 7 to 11

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 time through the year

Years 7-10

1 combined Year 7/8 team

1 combined Year 9/10 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 can click here to complete your nomination.

Youth UN NSW Digital Diplomacy Summit

Registration is now open for students in Years 9 to 12 to participate in the Youth UN NSW Digital Diplomacy Summit. The event will be held on Saturday, 17 April at a venue yet to be announced.

For more information please visit the Youth UN Website. If your daughter is interested, please contact the Oratory Department before registering.

Note: Youth UN Events are becoming increasingly popular. If you are interested, register early so you don’t miss out.

ZONTA Young Women in Public Affairs

Nominations are now open for students aged 16 to 18 to nominate for this award. Students are encouraged to read through the information available on this website. Students who are interested must email Ms O’Dwyer directly by Thursday, 18 March 2021.


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or your House 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.


Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator