On Saturday 16th of April, the school hosted our annual junior debating mace competition. This year, the competition was to encourage beginners to debate and therefore was directed at first and second years. The day was a great success with cooperation from all those involved in debating.
There were three rounds and a final. The standard of the final was excellent and our judges were Niamh Ryan, Aishling Kinsella and Mark Kelly. The motion was This House Would punish parents for the crimes of their children. A team from Ratoath won the final and an individual from Presentation Brothers College Cork won the best speaker. A team from Loreto, Adrianne Ward and Ellen McKimm, also made it to the final and spoke brilliantly. They came first and second on the tab, meaning that they had the highest speaker points after all the debates.
Overall, everyone really enjoyed the day and it was a great experience for those who had never debated before.