On Tuesday 29th August, eight year 11 legal Studies students participated in the Law School Mooting Competition at La Trobe University Law School. Students includes Mateenah, Munkayilar, Mara Todorovski, Jaylan Chaabanm, Nevjeet Singh, Jordan Kelly-Smith, Cindy Tran, Emilia Pejcinovski and Elly-May Drier.

There were 32 teams participating in the competition from schools all over Victoria. The two teams of four competed all day using their legal research, reasoning and advocacy skills. Students were well prepared and delivered excellent submission. At the end of the day one of our student Mateenah was awarded the Best Advocate Award for the day.

One of our teams made it through to the finals. The top four schools competing in the finals were announced; Lalor Secondary College, Marcelline College, Sirius College and St Monica’s College. Team two – including Mateenah, Jaylan, Mara and Navjeet – attended the Federal Court on Thursday at 7th September at William Street in the city. They competed in the Semi-final against St Monica’s College. Ms Bruno, Mr James and I attended the Federal Court together with parents of the students to offer encouragement and support. Mateenah and Jaylan presented their arguments as prosecutors in a Murder trial. The competition was really tough but our students presented calmly and in a professional manner. Navjeet and Mara should also be commended on their contributions as instructing solicitors.

In fact, all four collaborated well and showed excellent team work. Unfortunately, the judge sided with the defence and St Monica’s narrowly won the round. All eight students should be commended on their outstanding efforts. They performed as advocates at the highest level and demonstrated pride when representing our school.

Well done and congratulations to all on an excellent effort and achievement!