The Beaumont Oratory is a public speaking competition held annually for students at all year levels. The College’s English teachers select finalists to participate by nominating the best speakers from their classes, based on the persuasive speeches presented as part of the English curriculum.
The Beaumont Oratory is named after Norman Beaumont, a local historian who wrote the book, Early Days of Berwick. Mr Beaumont financed a prize for junior public speaking at the College in 1979 after being so impressed by the speaking skills of students who spoke at the College opening in 1978. Over time, the competition expanded to all year levels as the College continued to grow.
The standard of public speaking from the finalists has been exceptional over the years and has inspired many students to further develop their public speaking skills by participating in the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools Competition.