Oratory News


Congratulations to Rachel Parsons on being awarded the Overall Winner and Public Speaking Winner for St Ives Lions Youth of the Year Quest. Rachel went through an interview process and presented a prepared speech and completed two impromptus. Read Rachel’s speech here.


Around the Dinner Table

Looking for something to talk about around the dinner table, try one of the impromptu topics, presented to Rachel at the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.  Rachel and the other contestants, were not given any preparation time for these impromptus. How will you go?

  • Is our society ready to migrate to a cashless economy?
  • Bob Carr suggested that the rate of population growth in Australia should be slowed. What actions could be taken to slow this growth?



Goodluck to the following students competing in Round 1 of the CSDA Public Speaking Competition at Catherine McCauley College, Westmead. Speeches begin at 7pm and we would love to have supporters in the audiences.

  • Ellen Parker
  • Tiana Kovac
  • Annie Clarke
  • Cara Fagan
  • Swetha Kumar
  • Maanya Maini
  • Khushi Arora
  • Charlotte Ainsworth
  • Stephanie Sardinha


Register for…

Registrations are now open for CSDA Debating and Archdale Debating. Students are encouraged to register via this survey.

The closing date for registrations is Friday, 4  March. Please take time to sit down and discuss with your daughter before she registers for either or both competitions. It is important that your daughter is aware of the dates of these competitions and understands the requirement to commit to her team in registering for these events.

If trials for teams are required, this will take place after school in Week 6.

Students have been emailed a link to complete registrations. For your reference, please refer to the following dates for CSDA and Archdale competitions:


Round 1 Friday 1 April
Round 2  Friday 29 April
Round 3  Friday  6 May
Round  4  Friday 13 May
Round 5 Friday 20 May 
Round 6 Friday 27 May 
Elimination 1 (if needed) Friday 3 June 
Elimination 2 Friday 17 June 
Quarter Final Friday 24 June 
Semi Finals Friday 22 July 
Final Friday 29 July 


 Round 1  Tuesday 24 May
Round 2  Tuesday 31 May 
Round 3  Tuesday 7 June 
Round 4  Tuesday 14 June 
Round 5  Tuesday 21 June 
Round 6  Tuesday 26 July 
Round 7  Tuesday 2 August 
Tie-Breakers                                                                         Tuesday 16 August 
Quarter Finals  Tuesday 23 August 
Semi Finals Tuesday 30 August 
Grand Final Tuesday 6 September 


Coaches and Adjudicators           

We are inviting ex-students and parents to be a part of the Oratory@LN team in 2016. We are looking for adjudicators and coaches and no experience is necessary, simply an interest in all things oratory. You will need a Working with Children number.

For further information, please refer to the Oratory@LN Handbook and or contact us at oratory@loretonh.nsw.edu.au.


Mrs Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator