SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who enjoyed a convincing win in their Round 4 trial against St Vincent’s College.

This was a highly entertaining criminal trial regarding the wilful destruction of property. It was truly a team effort with all participants contributing excellent performances. The case was thoroughly prepared by our solicitor Pip Wolstenholme, with outstanding addresses and questioning by the barristers Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton. Our witnesses, Aisha Imtarnasan and Ella Godhard, remained steadfast under intense questioning during cross examination. The trial ran smoothly under the watchful eye of court officer Lily Helene. As always, there were plenty of lessons learned with sound advice provided by the magistrate. No doubt the team will continue to improve as they progress into the first elimination round next term.

Congratulations girls and we look forward to the next trial against Sydney Grammar!

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who won their Round 3 trial against Sydney Boys’ High School last week. Their task was to defend a major shopping centre in a civil case involving negligence. It was a fascinating and demanding trial, but the team won convincingly. Katarina Kuo and Amelia Board (barristers) gave outstanding opening and closing addresses and demonstrated quick thinking in cross examination. Kristina Comino (solicitor) provided excellent support on the basis of her detailed preparation. Phoebe Masnick and Aisha Imtarnasan (witnesses) were steadfast in the face of aggressive cross examination. It was a wonderful team effort and a satisfying reward for all the hard work. Congratulations girls! We look forward to Round 4 against St Vincent’s College.

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

The Years 10 and 11 girls of the SCEGGS Mock Trial team have made a strong start to the competition this year. The first round against Grammar, although non-scoring, was an exciting and entertaining trial with SCEGGS acting as the defence in a criminal matter involving theft. Only two points separated the teams. Katarina Kuo and Sarah McNaughton presented articulate opening and closing addresses as well as penetrating questioning in cross examination.

Aisha Imtarnasan and Phoebe Masnick were able and quick-thinking witnesses, coping well under the questioning of the Grammar barristers. Kristina Comino was a supportive and well-prepared solicitor, assisting the team throughout the trial. Rosie Adams as magistrate’s clerk kept the trial running smoothly and professionally.

The second trial against Sydney Girls’ High was a high scoring and impressive debut from the Year 10 members of the team. Although they did not win, they are to be commended for their fine efforts. The trial was a criminal matter involving common assault. Our prosecution team of Alice Volfneuk and Sophie Thompson (barristers), Amelia Board (solicitor), Charlotte Campbell-Avenell and Hannah Mavrakis (witnesses) and Lily Helene (court officer) performed admirably, keeping their cool under pressure. They were well-prepared and confident, and they received useful feedback from the magistrate.

We look forward to tracking the Mock Trial team’s progress throughout the competition and we wish them luck in Round 3 against Sydney Boys’ High School.

Finally, I’d like to extend my gratitude and thanks to Ms Crawford who has provided invaluable assistance with managing Mock Trial so far this year.

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator