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Debating

There is a strong tradition of debating in St. Pat’s. We have won numerous county and regional championships.

Each member of sixth class takes part in the preparation, as the children are put into teams of three, assigned a debating motion and then the children compete against a team from the other sixth class.

After a lot of practice and expert advice from the teachers, the children perform their debate in front of the whole school. The pupils feel a great sense of pride and achievement after performing their debate, a great confidence and self-esteem booster! They also gain great confidence in their abilities by practising in front of such a large audience.

The teachers then choose the top six debaters for the School Debating Team consisting of three first team members and three subs.
The whole school learns the skills of debating from the sixth classes and they really enjoying listening to their arguments.