Junior Debating National Mace Final:
On the 5th of April last the top 80 Junior debaters in the country gathered in UCD for the national final of the Junior National Mace Debating Competition. We were delighted that among those 80 were 7 speakers from Loreto College (Sarah Duffy, Grace Given, Julie O'Brien, Elizabeth Bolger, Kate Conway, Amber Jones-Brangan and Lucy Alvarez O'Neill). The speakers had to engage with topics such as "Compulsory Provision of Childcare" and "The current state of play in North Korea". All of our speakers tackled these difficult issues well with Grace Given and Sarah Duffy both progressing to the semi-finals on the day. Both Grace and Sarah competed excellently with Sarah making it through to the final. The motion for the final was that “This House would run for public office” with Sarah speaking first for the opposition. Sarah gave a great speech and while she didn't win, she can be very proud of how well she competed throughout this year's competition.
Junior Schools Leinster Debating Final:
On the 3rd of April in UCD the semi-finals of the Junior Leinster Schools Debating Competition took place. The semi-finals are a notoriously difficult round of the competition as only one team from each of the semi-finals can progress to the final. We had teams competing in two of the semi-finals. As Julie O'Brien and Elizabeth Bolger were proposing the motion that “This House would make voting compulsory” Sarah Duffy and Grace Given opposed the motion that “This House would require politicians to score highly in an IQ test before acceding to office”. The standard was high (as it has been throughout this year's competition) but all four of our speakers spoke excellently on the night. We were delighted when it was announced that both Loreto teams had won their semi-finals and would be taking part in the final. This time Elizabeth and Julie would be proposing the motion that “This House believes that violence is a legitimate form of protest” while Sarah and Grace would be one of the teams opposing the motion. After a week of preparation marked by some in school friendly rivalry it was back to UCD for the final. Once again all four of our speakers spoke excellently as did the other teams from Coláiste na Hinse and Belvedere. Many spectators commented that the judges faced a very difficult decision as any of the teams would be worthy winners of the competition. While the decision did not go our way on the night that does not take away from how well Elizabeth, Julie, Sarah and Grace represented themselves and their school in the final. We are all very proud of them. Also the girls would like to say thank you to all the parents, siblings, current and past pupils who came along to offer such fantastic support on the night. It was much appreciated.
Aoife Begley Debating Competition
Over the last two weeks the semi-finals of the Aoife Begley Memorial Debating Competition has been taking place in NUI Maynooth. We had four teams competing for a spot in the final. Once again all our speakers spoke well with Hannah Lynch and Alex Kilmartin qualifying for the final. The final will take place in NUI Maynooth on Thursday the 1st of May and we would encourage supporters to come along and support the girls.