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Oratory News - 8 October 2021

This week, we wish good luck and congratulations to our Mock Mediation team, Festival of Speech students and many others in our Oratory News. Read on about upcoming oratory events and registration.

Good luck

IGSA Festival of Speech

Congratulations and good luck to the following students as they put their final preparations together for this year’s virtual Festival of Speech. Festival of Speech is an event that celebrates all things oratory and brings together students from the independent girls' schools in NSW and ACT. We hope to share with you some of the students' work in the coming weeks.

Section Students Year Group
Junior Public Speaking Ella Khoury Year 9
Junior Readings Isabella Tesoriero Year 9
Senior Readings Maya Rengaswamy Year 11
Junior Poetry Jessica Anderson Year 9
Senior Poetry Jessica Webster Year 11
Current Affairs

Isabella Knox

Sophia Zybenko

Amelia Hadwen

Year 11

Year 10

Year 10

Religion and Ethics

Molly Hanly

Indianna Cane

Becca Zammit

Year 10

Year 10

Year 10

Tahlia Moses

Lauren Lawer

Bella Kachel

Eloise Rose-Helbert

Gabrielle Benson

Year 9

Year 9

Year 10

Year 10

Year 9
Junior Debating

Anika Banerji

Elina Banerji

Rose Cunningham

Amber Wang

Elizabeth Rizk

Year 8

Year 8

Year 8

Year 7

Year 7
Senior Debating

Ella McKenzie

Michelle Hoffman

Olivia Alexander

Year 11

Year 11

Year 11


Mock Mediation

Good luck to our Mock Mediation team who have made it through to the final rounds for the competition. The next round will be held on Thursday, 14 October. Good luck, ladies!


AIS NGS Super Virtual Debating

Well done to all of our AIS NSG Super Virtual Debating Teams who have all successfully made it through to the knock out rounds! Well done to all students and their coaches. These teams will participate in their debates in the coming weeks. Good luck, ladies!

Archdale Debating

Congratulations to the 8B team who will participate in the quarter finals for Archdale Debating, which is due to recommence in the coming weeks. Good luck!

Senior Ethics Olympiad 2021/2022

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the 2022 competition. These students will begin preparing for the competition this term. Well done to all students who participated in the three-week taster program. The number of students who applied was incredible and we are looking at other opportunities for students to participate in events like this in 2022.

  • Isabella Lynch - Year 9
  • Indianna Cane – Year 10
  • Jessica Ingham – Year 9
  • Grace Sukari – Year 10
  • Molly Hanly – Year 10
  • Isabella Tesoriero _ Year 9
  • Phoebe Zammit – Year 9
  • Bella Kachel – Year 10
  • Sophie McKenna  - Year 10
  • Becca Zammit – Year 10


CSDA Debating

A reminder that CSDA finals will recommence in Term 4. Our CSDA debaters who are in the finals have continued their coaching virtually for the past couple of weeks. We are still awaiting information from CSDA about the start of the finals. This information will be shared with coaches and teams as soon as it is available.


Youth UN have released their Term 4 events. See the below summary to find out more. Students should register their interest via this form.

Event Year Group Date Description
Crisis Point Years 9-11 30 October 2021 - all day A whole-day interactive problem-solving simulation. Students take on the role of a key diplomats and stakeholders to solve global security and humanitarian crisis.
Disability Justice Summit Years 9-12 30 November 2021 - all day An interactive day focusing on how we are shaping our global societies to recognise disability rights can make our world inclusive and accessible.


UN Youth Spy Conference 2021

This year Rose Cunningham attended the NSW UN Youth Spy Conference at the end of last term. Rose has shared with us a short reflection on her experience.

On the 18th of September, I was lucky enough to attend a virtual spy and espionage conference run by UN Youth. During the event, we were put into groups and did many activities that taught us about different spy agencies and some of the countries with the largest agencies. We did virtual games such as a memory match and spectrum debates about topics, such as whether or not the government should have access to our personal data for threat management or if countries should actually be using espionage. My favourite bit of the day was when we learned about tools used such as body cams and microphones (aka bugs), along with the virtual escape room. The discussions we had were incredibly interesting and I learnt so much about espionage that I really hope to do it again - maybe in person one day.

Rose Cunningham, Year 8

Oratory Club Term 4

Nominations are now open for Term 4 for Oratory Club. This will run from Week 2 – 8 of Term 4. It will be facilitated by Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer and Oratory Coaches. Term 4 will focus specifically on debating skills. We will endeavour to organise debates for our students internally and externally where possible. Any student considering debating in 2022 is encouraged to participate in this program. The coaching sessions will target some of the skills required to excel in the competitions Loreto Normanhurst participates in.

Students who are interested should register via this form.


For further information, please contact the Oratory Department or the Oratory Coordinator.

Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer

Oratory Coordinator

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