School success at Mace “Talk It Up” Junior Debating Competition 2016
Well done to the Roscommon Community College Junior Debating Team which recently represented our school at the “Talk it Up” Junior Debating Mace, which took place in Colaiste Iognaid, Galway City on Saturday October 1st. This innovative and exhilarating competition is the Western qualifier for the Matheson National Junior Mace Competition, with the winning speakers progressing to represent their school at the National Finals in Dublin. A total of four teams represented our school and participated in a marathon seven hours of debating in what was both an exciting and challenging environment. Motions for debate included a host of topics which touched on human rights issues, modern celebrity culture, topical current affairs and various other issues of interest. Our students immensely enjoyed this pioneering approach to debating which involved an extremely short lead in time of fifteen minutes before the speaker delivered their speech. Working on this novel approach to largely “unprepared” motions, our students relished the opportunity to further hone their debating skills on a wider provincial stage. Sean Egan, Michael Lough, Macie Collins, Tara Hegarty, Keelan Gallagher, Dean Cribbon, Erin Cleary and Dylan Donnelly exemplified astuteness and insight as they formulated their speeches. Thanks must go to the parents who attended on the day and particular gratitude is expressed to those who provided transport. Thanks also to Ms. Cullen for accompanying the students on the day. Congratulations to each and every student who participated and the very best of luck to Third Year student Michael Lough who has progressed out of Connacht and will now represent his province at the National Finals in Dublin. Hats off to Michael on a job well done!
Concern Debating Workshop 2016
Four of our debating students from RCC travelled to Athlone on the 5th of October for a Concern Debating Workshop. This workshop introduced students to the general rules and running order of debates.
The workshop began with a brief history of Concern, giving the students an insight into the work they do with the world’s poorest people to help and transform their lives. Once the introduction was complete, the students played a number of stimulating games that kept them engaged and intrigued. They were then given valuable information on the difference between reliable and unreliable sources for debates when researching a motion.
After lunch, the students participated in various walking debates that consisted of interesting and relevant topics, for example, should Pokémon Go be banned? The students thoroughly enjoyed their day out and grew in confidence as the day progressed. They were encouraged to give their opinion and explain their rationale in a very comfortable, open and accepting environment. The students were kept involved throughout the day and this experience will be of great benefit to them during this year’s future debating competitions.
Literary and Debating Workshop 2016
Tuesday the 11th of October saw twelve enthusiastic Roscommon Community College students travel to Athlone Community College to take part in the Literary and Debating Workshop ran by NUI Galway’s Eoghan Finn. The students were given a great insight into the layout and formats of the different types of debates, more notably the Concern debate and Irish Times debate. This will serve as a great advantage as RCC are hosting the County Debating Finals in the school on the 19th of November, with the debate following the Irish Times debating format. The students were shown some of the valuable tips and tricks of a successful speaker and were also were told what they should be including whether they are first, second, third or fourth speaker.
After the basics were covered, the students then split into teams to either propose or oppose the motion that ‘Donal Trump would be a good president’. The students were keen to get their opinions and thoughts across on this very topical issue. In a debating style format, using ‘points of information’ to make valid rebuttals, all students got involved, voicing their views and making appropriate arguments either for or against the motion. The workshop enlightened our students and showed them that debating can be enjoyable, interesting and extremely beneficial both in and after school. We would like to thank Eoghan for the very fun and engaging workshop and look forward to getting back to the drawing board to kick start our first debate ‘selfies are the ultimate form of vanity.’
Roscommon Herald County Schools' Debating Final
Congratulations to RCC's debating team who participated in the Roscommon Herald County Schools' Debating Final on the 19th of November. On the day, RCC had the pleasure of welcoming MEP, Luke Ming Flanagan who chaired the debate, as well as the adjudicators Chris and Thomas from NUIG Literary and Debating Society and Kevin Egan from the Roscommon Herald.