Student Life


Debating and Public Speaking

To 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 at Marist North Shore. There are three major annual competitions in which students are involved, and many other opportunities for individuals to develop and practice their public speaking skills.

CDSA Debating

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 1, 2 and 3.

CSDA Public Speaking

Held during the Term 1, this competition involves speakers from over 80 Catholic secondary schools in and around Sydney. It runs over five weeks, with three preliminary rounds followed by semi-final and final rounds.  For more information about the CSDA competition refer to the useful links section. 

Marist Oratory Competition

Selected competitors from each year group represent our College at the regional Marist Oratory competition against other Marist schools. In 2014, Marist College North Shore won the competition, our first win in twenty-four years. 2015 was another successful year for MCNS in Marist Oratory as we tied for first place.


The Chess Club at the College is a thriving community where every Monday, Wednesday and Friday students come together to hone their skills and strategy. Under the regular tuition from the Sydney Chess Academy, students are able to gain competition time in the Metropolitan Secondary Schools Chess Competition conducted by the NSW Junior Chess League. In addition to this, every year in Term 3 the College hosts its own College Chess Tournament, which attracts over 100 students who participate in a full day of competition.
For further information and student testimony click here

Army Cadets

The Australian Army Cadets is a training and development organisation for Australian youth. Its purpose is to provide a unique opportunity to experience aspects of life within the Australian Defence Force by participating in activities undertaken within a military framework and to provide progressive, interesting and challenging training and experiences intended to encourage the development of positive personal and team characteristics.

Aims of the Australian Army Cadets

  1. To develop in cadets a sense of self reliance and self discipline, so that they may develop a pride in themselves, their school and their unit.
  2. To develop leadership qualities.
  3. To develop a sense of citizenship and patriotism towards their school, community and country.
  4. To develop in cadets an understanding and appreciation of the role of the ADF

If you’re not aware, there is a cadet unit that parades right here at Marist weekly during school term. The unit’s name and designation is 206 Army Cadet Unit (ACU) North Sydney. 206 ACU is run by the cadets for the cadets with the majority of training delivered by the cadet command team. Cadets are supervised by adult staff (Officers & Instructors of Cadets) who usually have military background or are ex-cadets. The primary role of the adult staff is to maintain a safe training environment and mentor and guide the cadets to help develop their full potential.

206 ACU is a volunteer organisation for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 19 from anywhere in the local community. At 206 ACU cadets are taught many interesting skills such as first aid, navigation, weapons safety, survival, roping, drill, abseiling, bush skills, map reading and small watercraft handling. In addition, cadets get to make many new friends, participate in overnight exercises and camps with other cadets, undertake promotion courses, get promoted and become leaders, improve fitness, participate in ceremonial parades (e.g. marching on ANZAC day), complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (voluntary), and fire military weapons.

Most valuable of all, our cadets also learn leadership skills, improve their self-confidence and develop a strong sense of responsibility. These skills and attributes will be taken away by the cadets into whatever field in life they pursue and will be valuable in any workplace or social environment.

206 ACU parades at Marist College North Shore every Tuesday evening during school term between 5.30pm and 8.40pm. To learn more about us please visit us at or email any questions directly to au or phone 0400 369 312. We have 2x new recruit intakes per year – one in Feb and the other in Aug.


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