Two Calasanctius teams competed in the Connacht round of the Matheson Junior Debating Mace competition on 1st March and achieved huge success on the day. Cathal Connolly won the Best Second Year trophy and two first year students, Laoise Claffey and Laura Finn, won a place in the grand final, coming in the top four teams out of twenty. All three will advance to the National competition which will be held in UCD on the 5th April.
Debating club is run by Ms Dobbyn on Mondays at 130pm in Rm 129 and all students are invited to come along and help Cathal, Laoise and Laura practice for the national competition.
Here's what one of the organizers had to say about them:
Thanks so much for sending your wonderful students to the debate last night. They were all engaging and persuasive speakers: intelligent, insightful and without a shred of arrogance. I was most impressed with how well the girls did overall. Cathal too, is a very accomplished speaker too…an absolute credit to you and your school.