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.


Army Cadets

206th Army Cadet Unit is a volunteer organisation for males and females between the ages of 12 and 18 from anywhere in the local community. At 206 ACU cadets are taught a variety of skills including first aid, navigation, weapons handling and usage, roping, drill, abseiling, bush skills, survival skills, small craft handling (inflatable assault boats). 206 ACU is run by the cadets for the cadets with the majority of training run by the NCOs & SNCOs. Cadets are supervised by Officers & Instructors of Cadets who usually have military background.

Cadets also learn leadership skills, responsibility, get to meet new friends, participate in overnight exercises and camps with cadets and with the Australian Army, complete promotion courses and get promoted, improve fitness, participate in ceremonial parades e.g. marching with the “Rats” of Tobruk on ANZAC day, complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and fire military weapons.

The Australian Services Cadet Scheme 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 intended to encourage the development of positive personal and team characteristics.

Basic aims of the Cadet Services

  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 interest cadets in the role of the Defence Forces in Australia

206 ACU parades at Marist College North Shore on Tuesday Nights between 6.00pm and 8.30pm. Please email any questions directly to or phone 0400 369 312.

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