National Success in Debating for Debating Team
It's an exciting start to the debating year for the Coláiste's debaters. With wins in the qualifying rounds of the UCD Junior Schools Competition and the Leinster Senior Schools Debating Competition hosted by Trintiy College and UCD, our juniors and seniors are off to a flying success. However, it was the qualifying round of the largest competition in the country that saw the Coláiste already bring home some silverware! At the second preliminary round of the Junior Debating National Mace competition in Loreto St. Stephen's Green it was a clean sweep for the Coláiste. From 120 speakers, the Coláiste had the top two speakers in the competition, Aoife Forkin (1st) and Laragh Phillips (2nd), the best speaker in the final (Laragh Phillips) and the best first year in the competition (Sean Corr). With only private schools otherwise ranked in the top ten, it really was an incredible achievement. There's a hectic November ahead, we can't wait for the new challenges!
Activities Club For First Year Girls Proving a Huge Success
A recent Ladies GAA and Lidl Ireland study found that 50% of our 14 year old girls give up sports, most during their first year at secondary school. To combat that the Coláiste has launched an activities club for first year girls after school every Friday. Attendance up as far as midterm is mandatory and so far the students have tackled games, multi sports and two weeks of dance with former dalta Amy Brennan. We hope that we can 'buck the trend' and keep our daltaí fully involved in sport as lifelong participants. Thank you to the teachers who have given up their free time to support this wonderful initiative!