Muire Gan Smál Team Ready to Debate Climate Change Issues

The Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School Debating Team ready for their opening round of competition tomorrow Friday. Front from left: Maria Greaney, Gabriella Socha and Katelyn O’Sullivan. Back from left: Eilis Enright, Colene O’Callaghan, Blaithín O’Mahony, Amy McCarthy, Naomi O’Neill and Robyn Hayes.

“Is binn béal ina thost” or in translation a silent mouth is sweet, says an old Irish saying!

Not so in Muire Gan Smál, Presentation Primary, Castleisland as mentors and teachers are training their students to eloquently and fluently argue their points of view.

“This is because currently the school is preparing very diligently for the Kerry County League of Concern Primary School Debates in 2019,” said a spokesperson for the school.

Semi Finals in 2018

“Last year we participated for the first time in the debates and we won two rounds and making it to the semi-finals.

“Currently we are busy preparing for the first debate of this school year. The opening round takes place on this Friday January 26th at the Tralee Education Centre.

Climate Change is Not our Problem

“We will be opposing the motion for the debate that is: Climate Change is Not our Problem.

“During the school year, pupils in the senior classes get the opportunity to attend debating sessions with Mrs. O’Mahony.

“Through a series of free after-school debating lessons the pupils get a chance to hone their skills. “This is done through a number of different activities including fun oral language games; debating topical themes to researching motions; to making reasoned and well thought out arguments.

Question the Evidence

“Additionally they learn to question the evidence behind a particular stance and how to structure speeches for debate.

“The emphasis is on fun and developing confidence and competence in speaking while developing many educational skills.

“We wish everyone taking part in the debates the best of luck. It’s a wonderful learning experience for all concerned and we thank the Education Centre in Tralee for the opportunity to participate,” the spokesperson concluded.

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