Welcome back to what is shaping up to be a very busy Term 3 for Oratory. Our experience in 2020 shows us that we are well-equipped to continue Oratory in a virtual capacity. While some of our events have been postponed due to the current health orders, there are several other activities that will begin preparations, in a remote capacity, for events in Term 4. 

In recent days, some of our Oratory activities have recommenced online. While students are once again in front of screens, their interaction is of a different nature. Our students have been very excited and are really enjoying the opportunity to continue their extra-curricular. Madeleine Campbell in Year 11 has shared with us her thoughts on continuing extra-curricular in an online capacity.

“With the news of the current lockdown extension, it is vital to ensure that mental and physical health is looked after. I, like many other students, teachers and parents, find online school draining and exhausting. However, participating in extra-curricular activities has really helped me gain energy throughout the day. The school-based extra-curricular activities I am lucky enough to participate in are singing lessons, the School Musical and Ethics Olympiad which are currently run after school on Zoom. Combined with Zoom dance lessons and our family-run badminton competition, my week is filled with small events to help differentiate each day. Importantly, these extra-curricular activities encourage exercise and help stimulate other parts of the brain not being used in online schooling. Although by the end of the school day there is nothing I want more than to jump into bed, by committing to these extra-curricular activities I am able to gain energy and joy.”

Good Luck

Best wishes to the Ethics Olympiad Grey team, which will compete in the Virtual International Competition on Friday 23rd July. These students have worked tirelessly over the past weeks and we commend them on adapting to the new platforms which will see them compete as a team from their individual homes. 

A special thank you to the Ethics Olympiad Green team members who have participated in training sessions to assist the NSW champs in preparing for the international event. 

The students involved are: 

Green Team 

Grey Team 

NSW Gold medallists 

Becca Zammit (Year 10) 

Michelle Hoffman (Year 11) 

Sophie McKenna (Year 10) 

Isabella Knox (Year 11) 

Sophia Zybenko (Year 10) 

Indianna Cane (Year 10) 

Molly Hanly (Year 10) 

Maya Yogesvaran (Year 10) 

Alice Kevans (Year 11) 

Madeleine Campbell (Year 11) 

Congratulations – CSDA Debating

Well done to the CSDA teams for their debating efforts this season. It was so great to return to face-to-face debating. A special congratulations to the Year 11A team and Year 10B team (who are actually Year 9 students!) who were undefeated in their rounds and proceed to the Quarter Finals. 

CSDA are hoping to continue the Finals in a virtual capacity once students return onsite to their schools. Coaching for these two teams will recommence in Week 3 of this term and information will be sent to them directly.

What’s on in Term 3

Legacy Public Speaking Competition 

  • This competition is currently postponed but we are organising applications to ensure students are well prepared. 
  • Loreto Normanhurst may only enter two representatives. Students need to submit a video of a 2 minute speech on a topic of their choice. 
  • The competition is open to students in Years 7-9 who were 14 years or younger on 1 January 2021. 
  • To register interest in the Legacy Public Speaking competition, students should use this link (is also posted on Sentral). 

Please note: Registration must be completed by students via their school laptops. 


Kirby Cup 

  • Registrations are now open for Kirby Cup, a Mooting Competition run by the Western Sydney University’s Faculty of Law. This year, Loreto Normanhurst will again enter two teams of four students. Teams who move through to the Grand Finals are awarded with pre-entry into one of Western Sydney University’s Undergraduate Law Degrees.
  • Kirby Cup is an incredibly rewarding activity. It does require a considerable amount of time in preparing for the event, but for anyone considering a career in law, it is a great head start! 
  • For further information see Western Sydney University’s website
  • To register your interest, students should use this link. Please note that registration must be completed by students via their school laptops.
  • Registrations close 5.00pm, Wednesday 21 July 2021. 


Festival of Speech 

  • IGSA Festival of Speech will be held in Term 4. 

This event is the pinnacle event of the Oratory calendar and is a celebration of the spoken word. The event format is still to be confirmed. For further information please refer to the IGSA website

Registration, trials and coaching will begin this term. You do not need to have undertaken Oratory activities at Loreto Normanhurst to be considered for a spot in this event. 

The following events are proposed to be held in 2021: 

Junior Poetry 

Senior Poetry 

Junior Public Speaking 

Senior Public Speaking 

Junior Readings 

Senior Readings 

Junior Debating 

Senior Debating 


Current Affairs 

Religion and Ethics 


To register your interest in participating in Festival of Speech please use this link. Please note that registration must be completed by students via their school laptops. 

Registrations close at 5.00pm, Friday 30 July 2021. 


Oratory Club

Oratory Club will recommence in Week 3 and will run until Week 9. Term 3 will focus on implementing the skills of responding with structure and speaking with confidence. Students will meet for 20 minutes every Thursday afternoon for a Zoom session that will guide them in the activity they should focus on for that week. At the end of Week 9, students will have created a Podcast or TED Talk that focuses on sharing an idea or opinion that is important to them.

To register your interest in participating in Oratory Club in Term 3 please use this link. Please note that registration must be completed by students via their school laptops and that registrations close 5pm,  Friday 23 July 2021.

Term 3 Overview

Please find below summary of Term 3 Oratory activities. A detailed overview will be shared with families via Face Online. Students should check Sentral and the Oratory Canvas page for further information and notifications regarding registrations. 





CSDA Debating 



Coaching: Continues from Week 3 

Archdale Debating 



Coaching: Continues from Week 3 

Legacy Public Speaking Competition 


Term 3


Registrations: Due end of Week 2 

Submissions: Due TBC

Kirby Cup – Preparation 


Term 3

Registrations: Week 2 

Trials: Week 3 

Coaching: Weeks 4-10 

Festival of Speech – Preparation 


Term 3 

Registrations: Due by Week 3 

Trials: Week 5 

Coaching: Weeks 6-10 

Oratory Club 


Term 3 

Registrations: Due Week 2 

Commence: 29/7/21  

Mock Mediation


Term 3

Coaching: Week 2-3.

Event – TBC

Mock Trial


Term 3

Coaching: Week 2-3

Event TBC


Please contact me with any questions at oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au

Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator