Debating & Public Speaking

DebatingTo be able to speak confidently and effectively in public is a skill that many people use throughout life. For this reason it is viewed as a very valuable activity for the boys of Marist. There are two major annual competitions in which students are involved, and many other opportunities for individuals to develop and practice their public speaking skills.



The College has been involved in the CSDA Competition for over thirty years.  This competition involves Catholic Secondary Schools from all parts of Sydney.  Rounds are held on Friday nights in Terms Two and Three.



The CSDA Public Speaking Competition

This is also held during the Term One and involves speakers from 80 Catholic secondary schools in and around Sydney.  It runs over 5 weeks, with three preliminary rounds followed by semi-final and final rounds. 

For more information about the CSDA competition go to


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