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Primary Debating Update

 

Welcome to our Primary Debating Festival update. As we receive news of the results of a debate, or other news, we will post it here.

Our Festival has finished for 2016/17 - here is how.

Primary Schools Debating Finals 2017 Friday February 17th 2017 By Dylan Dunning, Ballyshannon NS

On a mild morning in Maynooth, a delightful debating double header attracted many schools from across County Kildare and Wicklow who were invited to see the final. Thirty three teams debating for the ultimate prize, became two, and later one.

In the Plate competition it was Kildare Primary versus St Patricks, Newbridge. In the Cup competition it was Two Mile House and Scoil Eimhín Naofa.

It was never going to be easy for the adjudicators Michael Doorley (Concern), Fionnuala Dukes (former Councillor) and Eimear McGinn (Kildare Arts and Library Service) who were called into action to judge this thrilling final. The motion was ‘Child Labour is a Necessity of life in the developing world’.

After eight brilliant breath taking speeches, and a closely contested crossfire, the motion was not passed, meaning St Brigid’s Primary, captained by Cerrie Fields, won the debate. Runners up St Patrick’s couldn’t go home depressed because they did themselves and their school very proud. Perhaps on another day they could have been walking home with the prize.

If you thought that the Plate debate had a tense conclusion, the second final was an even more nail biting and nerve wrecking debate. In the end Two Mile House were victorious, made up of Julie Kennedy, Caty O’Neill and Pat Bagnall.

Conquered by the winning side in the end, Scoil Eimhín Naofa from Monasterevin, blew us all away with their emphatic speeches and defiant answers in the crossfire. But a team lead by Melody, simply couldn’t find that winning formula tested and used against every side (including us) on their journey to the final.

Overall it was a wonderful spectacle at Maynooth University, practised to perfection by the 12 fantastic speakers and overseen by three impartial adjudicators, and MC Dominic McEvoy. It is a pity I won’t be there in 2018, although I am sure the next generations to come will enjoy watching tomorrow’s worthy winners of the Kildare Primary Debating festival.

A big thank you to Dylan for a great summary of our finals in Maynooth University.

Kildare Education Centre and Kildare Library Service would like to thank:-

  • Maynooth University and in particular their Education Department, and Concern Worldwide for their support
  • The adjudicators for the final: Fionnuala Dukes (retired County Councillor), Eimear McGinn (Senior Executive Librarian with Kildare Arts and Library Services), Michael Doorly (Head of Active Citizenship with Concern Worldwide)
  • The parents for all the support and encouragement for their children during the debates
  • The pupils in the schools who helped, supported and encouraged their school debating team
  • The principal in each school for encouraging teachers and teams to participate
  • The co-ordinating teacher/s for their effort, energy and enthusiasm in preparing each school team
  • The team members for their hard work, preparation, creativity and engagement with the debates
Debate Motions 2016/17

Motions for Debating Festival CUP 2016/17
Preliminary Round: There should be an hour of exercise every day in school
Round 1: Children should be allowed to have TVs in their bedrooms
Round 2: Climate change can’t be stopped
Quarter-Final: Conserving water is not an important issue for Ireland
Semi-Final: We can’t afford to send money to poor countries anymore
Final: Child Labour is a necessity of life in the developing world

Motions for Debating Festival PLATE 2016/17
Preliminary Round: We should only eat food produced in Ireland
Round 1: Climate change can’t be stopped
Round 2: Conserving water is not an important issue for Ireland
Semi-Final: We can’t afford to send money to poor countries anymore
Final: Child Labour is a necessity of life in the developing world

Reserve Motion
All cars should be made carry at least one passenger

Monday 30th January 2017

We have just completed four fantastic semi-finals and the standard of each debate was as good as anything we have seen before. Unfortunately, only one team from each semi-final could go through to the final. We are now at final stage and the finals will take place on Friday 17th February in the Aula Maxima in Maynooth University. The running order is as follows:
11:00 – 12:00: (Plate Final) St Patrick's NS, Morristown V St Brigid's PS, Kildare Town
12:00 – 13:00: (Cup Final) Two Mile House NS V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin

Kildare Education Centre, with our partners, Kildare Library Services, will source adjudicators for the finals. The schools will provide a timekeeper and chairperson, as they did during the earlier rounds.

Monday 23rd January 2017

We are now at semi-final stage and they will take place on Friday 27th and Monday 30th January. The running order is as follows:
Friday 27th January, John Hume Building, Maynooth University
10:00 – 11:00: (Cup) Scoil Bhríde, Clane V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin
11:00 – 12:00: (Plate) St Patrick's NS, Morristown V Killashee Multi DNS
12:00 – 13:00: (Cup) Newbridge ETNS V Two Mile House NS

Monday 30th January, Kildare Education Centre
11:30-12:30: (Plate) St Anne's NS, Ardclough V St Brigid's PS, Kildare Town.

The final will take place on Friday 17th February 2017 in the Aula Maxima in Maynooth University, starting at 11:00 sharp. The running order will be that the Plate debate final will be held first, followed by the Cup debate final. Kildare Education Centre, with our partners, Kildare Library Services, will source adjudicators for the semi-finals and finals. The schools will provide a timekeeper and chairperson, as they did during the earlier rounds.

Tuesday 17th January 2017

We are now at semi-final stage. The pairings are (Cup)
** Newbridge ETNS V Two Mile House NS
** Scoil Bhríde, Clane V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin

The pairings are (Plate)
** St Patrick's NS, Morristown V Killashee Multi DNS
** St Anne's NS, Ardclough V St Brigid's PS, Kildare Town

The semi-finals will take place on Friday 27th January and the final will take place on Friday 17th February 2017. Times and venue will be posted shortly, as soon as final confirmation has been received. The running order will be that the Plate debates will be held first, followed by the Cup debates. Kildare Education Centre will source adjudicators for the semi-finals and finals. The schools will provide a timekeeper and chairperson, as they did during the earlier rounds.

Thursday 15th December 2016

We now have our Debating Festival PLATE - Round 2 Pairings
** St Patrick's NS, Morristown V Caragh NS
** St Brigid's NS, Manor Kilbride V Killashee Multi DNS
** St Anne's NS, Ardclough V Tiermohan NS, Donadea
** St Brigid's NS, Ballysax V St Brigid's PS, Kildare Town

Friday 9th December 2016

We now have our Debating Festival CUP - Quarter Final Pairings
** St Joseph's NS, Halverstown V Newbridge ETNS
** Two Mile House NS V Mercy Convent Primary, Naas
** Scoil Bhríde, Clane V Coill Dubh NS
** Scoil Bhride, Nurney V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin

Cup: Ballyshannon NS V Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Monasterevin

Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Monasterevin win and will debate against Scoil Bhride, Nurney in the Quarter Final

Cup: Sallins National School V St Joseph's NS, Halverstown

St Joseph's NS, Halverstown win and will debate against Newbridge ETNS in the Quarter Final

Thursday 8th December 2016

Plate: Scoil Bhride, Kill V St Anne's NS, Ardclough

St Anne's NS, Ardclough win and will debate against Tiermohan NS

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Cup: Lacken NS V Two Mile House NS

Two Mile House NS win and will debate against Mercy Convent Primary Naas in the Quarter Final

Cup: Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh V Newbridge ETNS

Newbridge ETNS win and will debate against the winner of Sallins National School V St Joseph's NS, Halverstown in the Quarter Final

Plate: St Brigid's NS Manor Kilbride V David's NS, Naas

St Brigids NS Manor Kilbride win and will debate against Killashee Multi DNS

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Cup:Mercy Convent Primary Naas V Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh

Mercy Convent Primary Naas win and will debate against the winner of Lacken NS V Two Mile House NS in the Quarter Final

Cup: Scoil San Treasa, Kilshanroe V Coill Dubh NS

Coill Dubh win and will debate against Scoil Bhríde, Clane in the Quarter Final

Plate:Tiermohan NS V Scoil Phadraig, Clane

Tiermohan NS will debate against the winner of Scoil Bhride, Kill V St Anne's NS, Ardclough

Monday 5th December 2016

Cup:Scoil Bhríde, Clane V Scoil Mochua, Celbridge

Scoil Bhríde, Clane win and will debate against the winner of Scoil San Treasa V Coill Dubh NS in the Quarter Final

Cup:Scoil Bhride, Nurney V Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmead

Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmead win and will debate against winner of Ballyshannon NS V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin

Plate: Killashee Multi DNS V St Mary's SNS, Blessington

Killashee Multi DNS win and will debate against the winner of St David's NS, Naas V St Brigid's NS Manor Kilbride

Plate Preliminary Round:St Brigid's NS, Ballysax V SN Colmcill Naofa, Moone

St Brigid's NS, Ballysax win and will debate against Jonathan Swift NS, Dunlavin in Round 1 of the Plate

My First Debate

I went to my first debate last Wednesday in the Kildare Education Centre against a primary school called Lackagh. I was captain of the three people team, which also included Áine and Aoibhe. Nicole, Evan, Eva, Alison, Mary and Mrs. Nugent all came to support us and help us out with the crossfire round at the end.
I learned a lot of important things during the debate. The first thing that I noticed was that it was very pressurising when I was actually there and about to speak. I felt like I really needed the cue cards even though I had learned the speech basically off by heart. I also learned that in the crossfire round not only do you have to answer for your own points but if your team mate is put on the spot and doesn’t have a comeback you have to help them out if you have an answer for them.
Overall it was a great experience and even though we didn’t win it was really fun to try something new.
Rebecca

A big thank you to Rebecca from St Conleth & Mary's, Newbridge, for her reflection on her first debate.
If any other pupil wants to send in a reflection, we would love to post them here.

Friday 25th November 2016

Debate A: Sallins National School V St Patrick's NS Morristown

Sallins NS win and will debate against St Joseph's NS Halverstown
St Patrick's NS will debate against Kildare Town ETNS in the Plate

Debate B: St Joseph's NS Halverstown V Kildare Town ETNS

St Joseph's NS Halverstown win and will debate against Sallins NS
Kildare Town ETNS will debate against St Patrick's NS Morristown in the Plate

Debate C: St Conleth & Mary's NS Newbridge V Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh

Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh win and will debate against Newbridge ETNS
St Conleth & Mary's NS will debate against Caragh NS in the Plate

Debate D: Caragh NS V Newbridge ETNS

Newbridge ETNS win and will debate against Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh
Caragh NS will debate against St Conleth & Mary's NS in the Plate

Debate E: Lacken NS V St David's NS, Naas

Lacken NS win and will debate against Two Mile House
St David's NS, Naas will debate against St Brigids NS in the Plate

Debate F: St Brigid's NS Manor Kilbride V Two Mile House NS

Two Mile House win and will debate against Lacken NS
St Brigids NS will debate against St David's NS, Naas in the Plate

Debate G: Killashee Multi DNS V Mercy Convent Primary Naas

Mercy Convent Primary Naas win and will debate against Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh
Killashee Multi DNS will debate against St Mary's SNS, Blessington in the Plate

Debate H: St Mary's SNS, Blessington V Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh

Gaelscoil Nas na Riogh win and will debate against Mercy Convent Primary Naas
St Mary's SNS, Blessington will debate against Killashee Multi DNS in the Plate

Debate K: Scoil Mochua, Celbridge V Scoil Bhride, Kill

Scoil Mochua win and will debate against Scoil Bhríde, Clane
Scoil Bhríde, Kill will debate against St Anne’s NS, Ardclough in the Plate

Debate L: St Anne's NS, Ardclough V Scoil Bhríde, Clane

Scoil Bhríde, Clane win and will debate against Scoil Mochua, Celbridge
St Anne’s NS will debate against Scoil Bhríde, Kill in the Plate

Debate M: Scoil San Treasa, Kilshanroe V Tiermohan NS, Donadea

Scoil San Treasa win and will debate against Coill Dubh
Tiermohan NS will debate against Scoil Phadraig, Clane in the Plate

Debate N: Coill Dubh NS V Scoil Phadraig, Clane

Coill Dubh win and will debate against Scoil San Treasa
Scoil Phadraig, Clane will debate against Tiermohan NS in the Plate

Debate O: Jonathan Swift NS, Dunlavin V Scoil Bhride, Nurney

Scoil Bhríde, Nurney win and will debate against Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmead
Jonathan Swift NS Dunlavin will debate against the winner of the preliminary round debate in the Plate

Debate P: St Brigid's NS, Ballysax V Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmead

Scoil Ide Naofa, Kilmead win and will debate against Scoil Bhríde, Nurney
St Brigid’s NS Ballysax will debate against SN Colmcill Naofa, Moone in a preliminary round in the Plate

Debate Q:Ballyshannon NS, Kilcullen V St Brigid's PS, Kildare Town

Ballyshannon win and will debate against Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Monasterevin
St Brigid’s PS will debate against Scoil Naoimh Lorcáin, Levitstown in the Plate

Debate R:Scoil Naoimh Lorcáin, Levitstown V Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Monasterevin

Scoil Eimhin Naofa, Monasterevin win and will debate against Ballyshannon NS
Scoil Naoimh Lorcáin, Levitstown will debate against St Brigid’s PS Kildare Town in the Plate

Preliminary Round:

Debate S: SN Colmcill Naofa, Moone V Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin
Scoil Eimhín Naofa, Monasterevin win and will debate against Scoil Naimh Lorcáin, Levitstown
SN Colmcill Naofa, Moone will debate against St Brigid's NS, Ballysax in a preliminary round in the Plate

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