On a frosty Saturday morning at 7: 30 am, some very sleep-deprived BCS students left the glistening beauty of the school grounds and headed for Castleknock Community School to participate in the Mace Matheson debates. In total, 72 teams took part in the Leinster final. Bailieborough had 3 teams taking part in the Castleknock Mace Matheson debates.There was lots of lively debate, lots of fun was had and lots of pizza consumed. A good day was held by all. Emma Clarke was listed among the top ten speakers overall in the final tab. Overall, our school teams were awarded fifth place, twenty-sixth and forty-fourth place. Well done to everyone involved.
Round 1: "This house would prioritise people with healthy lifestyles".
Round 2: "This house would allow mothers to raise their children in prison"
Round 3: "This house believes democracy has failed"
Round 4: "This house would allow you to legally use lethal force against home invaders"
Leinster Final: "Presuming there was a tablet that stopped people from falling in love, this house would take the tablet"
The Matheson Mace are delighted to announce that we will be joining forces with the Law Society in University College Dublin to bring you the Inaugural Matheson National Debating Championships.
On the 18th of February we are asking you to send us your best Senior speakers (4th-6th years) to take part in this one day event to determine the country’s top speakers. Judged by Ireland’s most distinguished University Speakers, co-hosted by the Nation’s largest schools debating competition and one of the largest student societies in Europe and sponsored by one of Ireland’s most prestigious law firms, the Matheson National DebatingChampionships is an event not to be missed.
We know interest will be huge so places will be limited. As such we are asking you to register your interest by Friday 16th December. Only schools that have registered their interest by the deadline will be eligible to enter teams.
'This house would make smoking illegal'
This was a bitterly argued debate by both teams involved. Arguments from the proposition were based on the idea that smoking is harmful to one's health, so why should the health service be expected to foot the bill for people who smoke. Emma C mentioned talked about passive smoking and why should our health be affected by someone else's actions. Cliona spoke about the fact that it is the government's job to make laws/rules that protect us, for example, the wearing of seatbelts, not speeding in our cars so it follows on, that we should make smoking illegal because it is harmful. Rian spoke about all the health dangers of smoking and that when we accept something we are normalising it, saying it's ok. From the opposition, Tyra spoke very well on being a democracy and freedom. She spoke about how the government shouldn't be allowed to dictate to people what they should and shouldn't do. Where will it end? she asked. Will the government be allowed to say that you can't get a tatoo, or that you can't eat a certain food because it has a high sugar content. She said that people should be allowed to make their own decisions. She spoke very well about what's happens if smoking does become illegal- are the guards going to arrest someone who is addicted to nicotine. 'Get real' she implored us, and said that the guards, many she felt confident in saying smoked cigarettes themselves. Tyra said we need to focus on real crime and punishing someone for doing something that they're addicted to is not the way forward. Her closing argument focused on the need to offer more support to people who want to give up smoking; the answer is not to put them in jail. Finally for the opposition, Katie argued that people should be allowed to make their own decisions with their body and health. If they want to smoke, so be it. It is not the government's or society's role to pass judgement. She said that when you make something illegal you create the problem of the black market and this in turn leads to more crime. She stated that when you tell young people not to do something, they do it because you are glamourising it and making them into a rebel. They want to appear 'cool'. Both teams made really good arguments but the winning team on the day was the proposition because their team members made effective use of rhetorical questions and imperative verbs. Their presentations were a lot more engaging. Well done Emma, Cliona and Rian.