On Wednesday, November 14th Ms McVeigh and Ms Scully’s debating class attended their first debating competition. The venue for this event was Carlow IT. The Institute of Technology, Carlow is one of the largest technology colleges in Ireland, with campuses in Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow, and part-time provision elsewhere in the Republic.
The day started early for those students attending the event as the bus left the school at 7:45am. The trip to Carlow IT was an hour long, students passed the time by practising their speeches on the way. The Debate Team chosen to represent the school at the competition were Mckayla Costigan, Nathalia Dunne, Shane Murray, Alicia Loftus, Taryn Purcell, Nathan Duffy and the students that came to support were Casey Bennett, Adam Tiernan and Keith Carass. With prize money of €500 on the line, everybody was nervous but excited for the day ahead.
When everyone was seated it was time for the debating competition to start. All the students that spoke were amazing and the confidence that they showed was outstanding. The motion proposed by Collinstown students was: “This house believes that the building industry isn’t doing enough to tackle homelessness.” The students made some great points and answered back the questions that were asked with assurance.
Unfortunately, Collinstown Park did not win the overall prize. The schools they were up against were much more experienced in debating competitions and in the end this led to them coming out on top of the judges’ scorecards. This has not dampened the Debate Team’s enthusiasm however and they are looking forward to more competitions in the near future.
McKayla Costigan – TY Press