Our School Debating Team 2016 / 2017 is currently achieving great success.
, Ella , Ciara , Alison , Chloe and Melodie all make up this year's school debate team. We also have a research team
that consists of Laura , Shauna , Katie , Shalom and Natasha. At the first debate the three speakers were Ciara
, Alison and Melodie. The motion was "Children
should exercise for an hour every day".
Our girls were opposing this motion. It was a great debate with lots of interesting points made
and quick exchanges. In the end, Scoil Eimhin Naofa managed to get over the line
and win the debate.
The most recent debate took place in January 2017. The motion related to the "conservation of water". This topic required extensive research and class discussion which involved all the pupils in 5th and 6th classes. The efforts paid off and our team won the debate securing them them a place in the Quarter Final. The team are now busy preparing their speeches for the next topic about "charity donations".
School Debating Team 2015 / 2016: In their first debate our team successfully proposed the motion, "There should be an hour of exercise every day in school". Grainne, Faith and Hannah discussed child obesity, various forms of exercise and ways in which exercise can be integrated into the school day. The debate was chaired by Molly. In the second round of the competition, our team opposed the motion, "Plastic bags should be banned". Grainne, Faith and Shannon made very valid points in favour of plastic bags. They argued successfully that plastic bags are very necessary, plastic bags are recyclable and the plastic bag industry is important. The debate was chaired by Una. In their third debate our team proposed the motion, "Children know how to use the internet safely". Grainne, Hannah and Molly confidently debated the issues around cyber-bullying, cyber-crime and child-safety online. Unfortunately the motion didn't carry despite an excellent display of debating skills from our team who represented our school so well throughout the competition. We are proud of the girls who participated so gallantly at every stage. Congratulations also to teachers, Miss Killeen and Miss Fullam who trained the team.
In 2014 /2015 our School Debating Team won the Kildare Schools Debating Festival.
The final took place in Kildare County Council Chambers in Naas on Friday, April 24th, 2014. Mayor of Kildare, Fiona O' Loughlin, congratulated the children and complimented them on the very high standard of debating that was displayed by both teams in the final. The adjudicators reported that they had a most difficult task in separating the teams as they debated the motion, "We Can’t End Poverty." St Evin's School emerged as the winners. The girls of Saint Evin's were a credit to their teachers and parents and were deserving winners on the day. Beautiful presentation trophies were presented to the winners and runners up.
The first debate was held in February 2015. The motion of the debate was: "Children of school-going age should have mobile phones". Our team opposed the motion and argued that children should not have mobile phones. These are some of the convincing points the girls made:
The team participated in their second debate on February25th. The girls were successful in winning their side of the motion concerning "Water Charges".
The Semi-Final of the Debating Competition was held in March 2015 in the chambers of Kildare County Council in Naas. Once again our girls performed gallantly at this prestigious venue where they opposed the motion that, "Newspapers are a Thing of the Past". These are some of the points that our girls made on the way to victory: