Proposing the motion for the 8th of February were Emma C and Cliona M. Opposing the motion were Tyra M and Katie M. Emma opened the debate arguing the correlation between poverty and crime. She stated that people who are socially deprived have less opportunities than their more affluent counterparts. She said that those who were socially deprived had less to aspire to and so crime was a means to bettering oneself, in terms of getting money fast. Criminality was normalised and urged the audience to acknowledge the problem and do something about it. On the opposing team, Tyra spoke about the reasons why people turn to crime, noting that lots of wealthy people turn to crime- for more money, the thrill, power trip. She stated that this was a negative stereotype and said it was imperative that we judge the action and not the person. Just because you come from a 'rough area' doesn't mean you're doomed. Proposing the motion, Cliona talked about the importance of parental influence and the normalisation and acceptance of criminality in some areas. She spoke eloquently on the 'herd mentality' and how lack opportunities made young people turn to crime. Once you started on this path, she argued that it was very difficult to get off the path of crime. Opposing the motion, Katie M spoke about crime and what she called the 'big crimes' which she argued were perpetrated by all kinds of people with all different kinds of backgrounds. She spoke about tax evasion by the likes of Donal Trump and white collar crime. She talked about negative stereotypes and how some people doom themselves because of other people's attitudes of where they live. She talked about the importance of freedom and the freedom of choice and how ultimately people make their own choices. You can't blame it on geography!
Winners of today's debate were the proposition.
Best speaker for today: Tyra
Well done girls.
Very early on Saturday morning the 4th of February BCS' junior debating and public speaking team headed for the big city of Dublin to participate in the DUGWA's public speaking for girls in Trinity College Dublin. Competing also in the competition were St. Joseph's Secondary School, Rush, Co. Dublin, Welsey College, Dublin, Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin, St. Mark's Secondary School, Dublin, St Joseph's Secondary School, Clonee, Dublin. Each member of the BCS team had chosen two of the six prescribed topics and had researched and had some preparatory work done on these topics. On the day, the girls were given an aspect of one of their chosen topics and had 20 minutes to prepare and deliver a speech in the Synge lecture hall in Trinity. One of Tyra's topics was the topic of the environment and she was asked to speak on how 'Green energy is best'. One of Katie's selected topics was the topic of modern living and technology and she was asked to speak on how 'Online bullying is the greatest threat facing young people'. One of Emma's topics was the topic of leisure and on the day she was asked to speak on the aspect of' Society places too much emphasis on work. What was leisure time?' The overall winners of the competition were Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin. However, Bailieborough Community School also enjoyed great success with our very own Emma Clarke being named the best speaker. Emma will now represent Trinity College Dublin in the Irish Federation of Universities Public Speaking Competition on the 11th of March in Trinity. Well done to all the girls. They were a credit to their school.