Well done to Emma Clarke and Tyra Maphumulo (1C) who represented Ulster in the National Mace Matheson Debates in Castleknock Community School on Saturday on the 12th of March 2016. As was expected both of these students gave stellar oratorical performances on the day and did their school and families very proud. On the day the both Tyra and Emma debated the following motions:
'This house believes that people should get paid to give up smoking'.
'This house believes that parents should be criminalised if their child misses 40 days or more of school'.
'This house believes that Donal Trump should not be allowed to run for the Republican party'.
This house believes that social media needs to respect the privacy of politicians'
Whilst Tyra and Emma did not compete in the Grand Final, they enjoyed listening to a somewhat polemical discussion around the motion 'This house would join the 1916 Rising'.
A special word of congratulations goes to Emma Clarke who won the National Mace Matheson's Best First Year Speaker Award. Emma also won the Ulster's Best First Year Award a couple of week ago. Well done Emma and Tyra and indeed all of the junior debating team.
On the 27th of February the BCS Junior Debating team travelled to Holy Family school in Killiney, Dublin to participate in the Ulster regionals of the Mace Matheson Debates. The BCS team left the grounds of BCS at 7:15 a.m. They participated assiduously in four rounds of debating on the day.
The motions for the Ulster Regionals were as follows:
Round one: "This house believes that parents should be held accountable for their children's crimes".
Round two: "This house would legalise the free downloading of music".
Round three: "This house would never trade with a country that is a dictatorship".
Round four: "This house would remove all religion from schools".
BCS was triumphant on the day in that Emma Clarke (1C) was selected to compete in the Ulster final. Emma opposed the motion "This house would make voting compulsory". Emma was won the "Best First Year Speaker" award in Ulster.
Two first year BCS students, Emma Clarke(1C) and Tyra Maphumulo (1C)were selected to represent Ulster in the Mace Matheson National Finals. The National Finals will take place in Castleknock Community School on the 12th of March 2016.
"Young people are not taken seriously in Ireland"
Well done to this week's proposition: Aoife, Emma & Shane who successfully proposed the motion: " Too many young people have unhealthy lifestyles". They defeated Brendan, John and Cliona. The final score was 26 to 21. Well done to all involved.
Well done to Jane, John, Brendan, Shane, Jessica, Emma and Cliona who recently took part in the Poetry Aloud Competition in St. Macartan's in Monaghan. All students gave a stellar performance in their recitation of the works of W. B. Yeats. Congratulations to Emma who successfully progressed to the semi-finals in Dublin. Well done everyone.
'Too many young people today have unhealthy lifestyles'
Well done to Jane and Cliona of the opposition who won today's debate. The girls were arguing against the motion 'Sport brings out the best in people'. Hard luck to Jessica and Jane of the proposition. Both teams displayed an excellent awareness of the DAFOREST technique.
Three members of the group are attending the Connaught/Ulster European Youth Parliament session in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar this weekend from Friday 20th until Sunday 22nd. The topics up for debate include obesity problems and development issues.The 3 attending are: Tara Smith, Alannah Rogers and Joe Monahan.
The senior debating team have their first debate on Thursday, 26th November in Carrickmacross - they will be opposing the motion 'The COP 21 Climate Agreement will succeed where others have failed'. Their second debate will be in mid December and will deal with the current refugee crisis. They have two more then in January. The team speaking next week will be Tara Smith, Alannah Rogers, Cathal Dunne and Zoe Smith
" Sport brings out the best in people "