|1 Dec 2021|
It is with awe that I look back on the year that was 2021. The last two years have changed the landscape for Oratory. Our students are no longer restricted by their physical location in regard to the type and variety of competitions available to us. While there have been many significant impacts of COVID, one of the positives has been the capacity for our students to engage in Oratory activities with such flexibility.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the teaching staff who gave up their time to participate in Oratory Activities this year. Thank you to the coaching staff, to the parents and of course the students.
Oratory@LN has had another incredibly successful year despite lockdowns. The following achievements are just that little bit more special because of the year that was.
Below are some captured student reflections from their experience this year.
Oratory Activity you participated in: Ethics Olympiad
What was challenging about your experience in Oratory: I was challenged in my experience in Ethics when it came to the public speaking aspect of the extra-curricular activity. As I had never participated in an oratory activity prior to Ethics I was challenged to learn new skills to help me compete.
What is your proudest moment from your Oratory activity: My proudest moment is placing highly commended in the Ethics competition in 2020. For the competition, my team was able to draw from all our training and knowledge. Overall, I was very proud of how I could use my public speaking skills and adapt them to an online environment.
What keeps you coming back to participate in your activity: I keep coming back to participate in Ethics because I love the collaborative environment in which I am given the opportunity to extend my thinking. I also love being challenged with modern ethical issues and discussing the problems with my team.
Oratory Activity you participated in: Festival of Speech Public Speaking
What was challenging about your experience in Oratory: This year was challenging online. It was much harder to communicate with the people I was working with to make the speech and to film and send it through to people. It was definitely stressful but rewarding.
What is your proudest moment from your Oratory activity: My proudest moment in Oratory this year was making my speech for the Festival of Speech. Even though I didn’t get in, I was really proud of what I wrote and how I presented the topic that I had chosen to focus on. I believe that I really did the topic justice.
What keeps you coming back to participate in your activity: I always come back to Oratory because I enjoy it and it’s something that I am good at. I have built really strong friendships with the girls I debate with and the girls I do public speaking alongside. It’s just something that brings me personally a lot of happiness.
I look forward to the forthcoming Oratory Season in 2022. The Oratory Team wishes all members of the Loreto Normanhurst community a safe and enjoyable break.
Ms Bernadette O’Dwyer
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