3rd year Debating

November 14, 2022

Debating helps you develop critical thinking skills. Through researching and crafting your arguments, you can determine which pieces of information, facts and data are relevant to your case. Debating helps build confidence and aids collaboration. Debating is an important part of English class at Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland. This year’s module in 3rd year started with an exciting in-class debate. The motion for debate was: ‘Violent video games are appropriate entertainment for teenagers’.
The winning team from each class went on to compete in the final. The motion for the final was: ‘All people should become vegetarian’. The proposition consisted of Aine Walsh (captain), Blaithín McElligott, Aisling O Neill, Wiktoria Brzozka, Liadain Ní Fhearaíosa Ní Cheallaigh (sub), Fiona McSweeney (sub) and Caitlyn Swanser (note-taker). The opposition consisted of Clodagh O Sullivan (captain), Mairéad Walsh, Lauren Coffey, Deirdre Moynihan, Rachel Horgan (sub), Rachel Deniel (sub) and Gráinne O Shea (note-taker). Chairperson for the final was Jan-Eve Browne and timekeeper was Cornelia Mangan.
The standard with regards to research and delivery was extremely high. Adjudicators were four 6th year students – Sarah Glennon, Chloe McCarthy, Hanna Herlihy and Abigail Martin. The adjudicators had a mammoth task in choosing a winning side, but the opposition won out in the end.
Well done to all involved.