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DEBATING NEWS

22/10/12

New Debating Team Picked

Congratulations to Clodagh O'Hare, Ann Upton, Sophie Rowe, Claire O'Nuallain, Tara O'Brien and Sarah Cavallari who have been chosen to represent the school at this year's Concern debates.

Thank you to all who took part in the trials. The standard was really excellent

15/02/12

Senior Team Finish in Style

The senior team signed out of the Concern Debates in style with a very convincing win over The Abbey on Thursday night. Team captain Brid Brosnan threw down the gauntlet with a hard hitting opening speech. This was followed by assured performances from Rose Madders, Sarah Upton and Sarah Brennan. The girls just keep getting stronger and stronger.

Well Done to Brid, Maeve, Holly, Rose, Sarah B, Sarah U on a great league campaign.

Thank also to those who came along to cheer the girls on. Your support is much appreciated.

NEW DEBATING MODULE FOR TRANSITION YEAR

The school has introduced debating to its TY programme. This is a fun way for students to improve their speaking and writing skills.

CONCERN DEBATES NEWS

20/01/12

Well Done to the Senior debating team on a great performance against De La Salle last night. Despite being narrowly defeated, the level of debate was fantastic. Keep it up girls.

12/1/12

Congratulations to the senior debating team on their victory over Newtown last night. It was a fantastic team performance. Well done girls!

ST ANGELA'S SENIOR DEBATING TEAM 2011/2012

15/11/11

St Angela's Debating Team 2011/2012: Brid Bronsan (captain), Sarah Brennan, Holly Cooney, Rose Madders, Maeve McBride & Sarah Upton.

DEBATING AT ST ANGELA'S

There are usually several debate teams in St. Angela's in any school year. We have competed and won not only in English language debating, but also in European languages.

JUNIOR LEVEL

At junior level there are often informal debates within classes. The aim here is usually to teach the fundamentals of good debating technique. Particular emphasis is placed on clear content and a strong presence in front of the group. A secondary aim of debating at this level is to show the importance of conviction, clarity and research in the students' writing. Enjoyment in the cut and thrust of debating is essential here too.

SENIOR LEVEL

At senior level most debating is at competition level. School teams from St. Angela's have an enviable record in most of the competitions we regularly enter. There is a long tradition of success in the Concern Debate, Youth Leadership Debates, the Mental Health Debate, and the Environment Debate, amongst others.

BENEFITS

At competition level, students benefit in many ways. The most obvious asset is the ability to stand in front of any group and make an impressive presentation. Competitors gain huge advantages in learning how to research for their speeches. They learn the importance of very close teamwork. Teams tend to be very small, so each member's contribution is of particular importance. The knowledge that they pick up is often subsequently used in a variety of school subjects. A good debate is basically a good essay, so essay writing skills that are picked up in debating are applied to all subjects.

MEMORIES

Students who have left school will often remember their debating experiences long after they have forgotten what result they got in a given subject.

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