International debating at the Institute

International debating at the Institute

It was a busy few days for our debating team last weekend, as they took part in three separate international debating competitions.

The Oxford Schools Debates took place on the evening of Friday, 15th January. Jason Conroy (6th), Mark Smyth (5th), Hannah Keating (5th), Molly Whelan (4th), Sinead Cummins (5th) and Cormac Kavanagh (5th) represented the school in fast paced mace debates.

Given only 15 minutes to prepare their speeches, the students really had to focus and draw on their knowledge of a wide range of topics. For many this was their first experience of this debating format outside of class and it proved a great opportunity for them to hone their skills and get a taste of a larger competitions.

On Saturday the Institute hosted the Cambridge Union Schools Debate. Schools came from across the city to compete for a chance to debate in Cambridge. Mark Smyth (5th) and Ciara Crotty (6th) did the school proud with great performances across the rounds and in the final.

Also on Saturday, Jason Conroy (6th) went to UCD to take part in the World Schools’ trials. Competing with students from across the country, Jason managed to earn a space in the next round. This will give him the chance to claim a place on the team representing Ireland in the largest International secondary schools debate. Congratulations to Jason on his success and wishing him the best of luck in the coming rounds!

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January 25, 2016 | Tags: 4th Year,5th Year,6th Year,Debating,Extracurricular, | 0 Comments