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Debating and public speaking improve students' confidence and communication skills. They learn how to structure their ideas and put forward persuasive arguments. They also become more comfortable speaking in front of a group, which can be really useful when they need to make presentations for college or work in the future. Furthermore, taking part in debating improves students' general knowledge and teaches them about current affairs. With the opportunity to develop their own ideas and ability to express themselves, debating is extremely beneficial for students.
English Debating 2018-2019
This year, we have both Junior and Senior Debating Clubs. Junior Debating meets on Mondays 4-5pm in C1 with Ms Hanlon. Senior Debating meets on Mondays 4-5pm in B10A with Ms Regan. This year, we hope to take part in the following competitions and events:
- Leinster Schools Debating Competition
- Juniour Schools Debating Competition
- KH Junior Debating Competition
- Student-Teacher Debate
- Phil Speaks
- Hist Mace
Leinster Schools Competition Update:
The following students are competing this year: Richard Beattie, Tanesha Yimga, Abdul Rabiu, Hassan Alekri, Julia Cherubim, Naomi Abels and Ben Clarke. So far, Richard and Abdul have progressed to Round 2 as individuals.
Spanish Debating 2018-2019
The Spanish Debating team's campaign ended after the second round this year, after last year's victory in the final brought to eight the number of times the King's Hospital has won the competition since it began. The competition in its current form has been won four times by the school, as our name on the cup from the Association of Teachers of Spanish shows.
This year's team was captained by veteran Ben Buller who was on last year's winning team. He rightfully won best speaker in each of the debates in which the school participated. He also ably supported his team of Richard Beattie, Fadekemi Bello and Saoirse White. The substitutes Elliot Lyons and Emily Wrafter played an important role in researching the topics and helping with practice debates and questions.
Spanish Debating is a highly competitive club, and students have to go through two rounds of interviews to get a place on the team. The preparation is intense, in two week bursts before each debate, and it is incredibly worthwhile to see the students grow in confidence and linguistic ability from round to round. Naturally, this has a wonderful payoff when they do their Oral Exams in the Leaving Certificate, and when they write their essays in June.
Ms Fitzgerald and Ms Leahy look forward to the sign-ups for Spanish Debating at next year's SPACE Day, to see if we can bring the cup home in the academic year 2019-2020.