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In 2011 the Perth Modernian Society commenced the annual oration presentation. Each year the Society hosts an oration at Perth Modern School for students and staff featuring prominent alumni. The following list includes links to articles and presentations.

2020 –
‘What Employers Really Want’ – Slideshow
Professor Gary Martin
(CEO Australian Institute of Management, WA)

2019 –
‘Out of My Ivory Tower’ – Slideshow
Bruce Armstrong

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

2017 –
‘Unfinished Business’
Dr Judyth Watson

2016 –
‘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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Visitors to the School

2013 –
Address by The Honorable Robert Hawke AC GCL   

Elizabeth Gaines delivers her oration, 2018.

Last modified on 4 April 2022