President’s Report at the Finals Presentation Night 2002
Good evening and welcome to the presentation of trophies for the debating
I would especially like to extend a welcome to the 2 Principals who represent
the Association of Catholic Schools’ Principals on the CSDA Committee, Mrs
Kitty Guerin and Miss Margaret O’Shea. It is fitting at this time to also
acknowledge my fellow members of the CSDA Executive without whom the
organization of this competition would not be possible. They are Lisa Bavaro,
Vice-President, Mary Morrissey, Secretary, and Elizabeth Single, Treasurer.
Our thanks must also go to Galen Neubronner who has given hours to setting
up the CSDA website which has been in operation for the first time in 2002.I
would also like to welcome any other principals and staff of the participating
schools, parents and supporters of the teams debating this evening and of
course, and most importantly, our students who have debated so well this
evening and throughout the 12 weeks of the competition. It is no mean feat to
return Friday night after Friday night, to sit for an hour in preparation, then to
stand and speak before an audience on the wide range of subjects presented
to them. All the students who have participated in this competition, whether
they are here tonight or not, deserve a warm round of applause for their
Thank you on their behalf.
This competition began in May with entries from 70 schools across the greater
metropolitan area of Sydney. In round figures there were 308 teams
altogether in the junior section and 132 teams in the senior section. This
means that on any Friday night, 1320 students were participating in debates
while 220 adjudicators were giving up their time voluntarily to adjudicate those
debates. We must add to this the loyal parents of these debaters, those
wonderful supporters and transporters, then, and certainly not least; the
debating co-ordinators and their fellow teachers/coaches, for whom debating
is a voluntary extra-curricula activity. When these statistics are put together,
the CSDA competition involves around 3000 personnel each Friday night.
From the original entry of 70 schools, 56 were represented in the
eliminations/finals rounds. 44 proceeded to the round of 16, 26 to the
quarterfinals, 17 to the semis and 8 schools have been represented in the
It gives me great pleasure to call upon Mrs. Kitty Guerin and Miss Margaret
O’Shea to present the trophies to the runners up and the winners of the 2002
Yr 7: Runners Up – Mt. St. Benedict’s College, Pennant Hills
Winners – Loreto College, Kirribilli
Yr 8: Runners Up – Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
Winners – St. Clare’s College, Waverley
Yr 9: Runners Up – Monte Sant Angelo, North Sydney
Winners – Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
Yr 10: Runners Up – Loreto College, Kirribilli
Winners – St. Ignatius, Riverview
I would now like to call upon Michael Robson to present the senior trophies.
Michael is the Deputy Principal of St. Patrick’s College, Strathfield. He is one
of the founding members of this competition as well as one of our most
Senior: Runners Up – St. Paul’s College, Greystanes
Winners – Patrician Brothers, Fairfield
Presentation of Junior Aggregate Shield by Miss Margaret O’Shea: This
shield is presented to the school which has recorded the greatest number of
wins out of 24 in one strand of junior teams, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Winner for 2002: OLMC Burraneer with 23 wins.
Presentation of Senior Aggregate Shield by Mrs Kitty Guerin: This shield is
presented to the school which has recorded the greatest number of wins out
of 12 in either the Red and Blue strand or the Green and White strand of
Winner for 2002: Nagle College with 11 wins.
I would now like to call on Jane Sulis to present the Jane Sulis Shield for the
Best and Fairest performance by a school. Jane is also a founding
member and a life member of this association. She regularly facilitates
accreditation seminars for new adjudicators as well as adjudicating throughout
the entire competition, willingly travelling from one side of Sydney to the other.
It is in Jane’s wonderful spirit of co-operation and fair play that this trophy is
presented to the school where that same spirit has been reflected throughout
the season. It is with great pleasure that the 2002 trophy is presented to a
debating co-ordinator and a school where support, willingness, co-operation
and dedication to the art of debating have been exhibited consistently
throughout the season.
The 2002 trophy is awarded to St. Gregory’s College, Campbelltown and
Vivienne Hayle as the Debating Co-ordinator.
In closing, on behalf of the CSDA Committee, and all participating schools, I
would like to extend our sincere thanks to Sr. Mary-Ellen, Principal of Mt St.
Joseph’s, Lauren Reid, Debating Co-ordinator, and the members of staff and
students present, for generously hosting the Finals this evening. I’m sure you
will agree with me that they have been gracious hosts.
It is also fitting that at this time we should extend our thanks to all the schools
that have hosted the Eliminations/Finals rounds on behalf of all participating
In alphabetical order they are:
St. Aloysius College, Milson’s Point
De La Salle College, Ashfield
St. Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney
St. Dominic’s College, Kingswood
Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield
Gilroy College, Castle Hill
St. Gregory’s College, Campbelltown
St. Leo’s College, Wahroonga
Loreto College, Normanhurst
Mary MacKillop College, Wakeley
Monte Sant Angelo, North Sydney
Oakhill College, Castle Hill
Parramatta Marist High School
Marist Brothers’ College. Penshurst
De La Salle College, Revesby
Santa Sabina College, Strathfield
That brings our evening to a close. Enjoy relaxing on Friday nights until we
meet again for Catholic Schools’ Debating 2003.
A further report on the Finals can be seen on the CSDA website
Shortly you will receive a fax setting out the details of the Annual General
Meeting for 2002. The CSDA Committee hopes that all schools will be
represented on that occasion.
On behalf of the Executive, I would like to extend our thanks to all Debating
Co-ordinators for your support and co-operation during the 2002 season.
CSDA President 2002