Annual Orations

Commencing in 2011, each year the Society arranges for an oration at Perth Modern School to students and staff by a prominent past student. These orations are listed below with links to articles and presentations.

2011 –
‘Quality Public Education – an Opportunity for the Individual and an Opportunity for the Community’
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

2012 –
Intricacies and machinations of the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague’
Hon. Kevin Parker AC RFD QC

2013 –
‘Broad Education – Key to Career Choices’
Janet Holmes à Court AC

‘A geologist’s life. of rocks, reefs and wrecks’
Dr Phillip Playford AM

2015 –
Global Citizenship: Learning to contribute to and take part in a Wider World‘ and Slideshow 
Professor Shirley Randell AO, PhD, Hon.DLitt

2016 –
AGM – ‘Science and Conservation’
Philip Jennings AM, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Energy Studies at Murdoch University.

‘Reflections on being a Modernian’
Professor Lesley Parker AM FTSE

2017 –
‘Unfinished Business’
Dr Judyth Watson

2018 –
‘Relating my school life and my role as CEO of Fortescue Metals Group’  Speaking Notes
Elizabeth Gaines

2019 –
‘Out of My Ivory Tower’ – Slideshow
Bruce Armstrong AM FAA HonMD(UWA)

Special Visitors to The School

2013 –
Address by The Honorable Robert Hawke AC GCL