Debating - the Art of Persuasion.
The past seven months of the academic year saw a cohort of 1st and 2nd Year students band together, forming one of the most successful junior debating teams to emerge from Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, during the past ten years. In what can only be described as passionate, these students’ determination to succeed inspired both their peers and teachers alike. Each member of the junior debating team brought with them their unique talents and abilities. From command of the English language, critical thinking skills, research ability, to presentation skills - these girls have it all.
Competing at the highest of standards in the UCD Law Society Junior Schools competition, they collectively outshone literally hundreds of other young hopefuls as the competition progressed. On Thursday the 22nd March, Dominican College was one of six schools that made it to the Fitzgerald Chamber in UCD for the final round of this hugely competitive event. Supported by her teammates, Dearbhla Lawlor took up position to oppose the motion ‘This house would ban children from practising or participating in religion until the age of eighteen’. By considering both the moral and cultural aspects of religion, Dearbhla delivered a speech that refuted and rebutted many angles presented by the proposition. As always, she and her team-mates were true ambassadors for Dominican College.
The word ‘journey’ is defined as ‘the act of travelling from one place to another’. These past months were indeed a journey for our junior debaters, literally and figuratively, as they made their mark on the Belfield campus, sharpening and developing their debating skills along the way. While these ladies did not take the winning place overall, they were as gracious in defeat as they were in success. I was proud to accompany them on their journey. This competition was fantastically exciting, yet at times, utterly ruthless. None of these students had the benefit of experience - this was their first time to debate and engage in competition. They were dedicated, united and incredibly hard working throughout.
Despite Storm Emma and The Beast from the East, that interrupted meetings and scheduled practice sessions, Junior Debating 2017/18 at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue was a huge success. Thank you to all, including your parents, teachers and the Senior Management team. And a special thank you to the 2nd Year Head, Ms. Doyle, and Ms, Healy for their support throughout and on the evening of the final round.
Well done debaters, I hope you have a lovely Easter. Ms. Donohoe (debating coach)
Junior Debating 2017/18 team members:
Maria Tobin 1.1 , Faye Carbery, 1.3, Dilly Roe, 1.3, Ava Liddy, 2.1, Alice Moynihan, 2.1, Orna Garland, 2.2, Dearbhla Lawlor, 2.2, Alex McCoy, 2.3 and Ellen Quigley, 2.4