Ballyshannon NS, Kilcullen, team, winners in the Shield Debate final, Evie Sammon, Hannah Rose Popplewell, Ava Kenny, Amy Moran, Gráinne Lawlor, Oran O’Donnell, and teacher Teresa Nurse,
The winners for the Kildare Primary Debating Festival this year are St. Brigid’s national school, Kildare Town and Ballyshannon national school in Kilcullen
Kildare Education Centre in partnership with Kildare Library Service ran the 2017-18 Primary Schools’ Debating Festival, with support from Concern Worldwide last week.
The debates started in October 2017 and the finals were held on Wednesday 14 March in the County Council Chambers Áras Chill Dara, Naas.
The motion for both finals was 'Young people today do not care about the problems of the developing world.'
The standard of debating was described as exceptional and the adjudicators had a really difficult time in deciding the winning school on the day. In the end St Brigid's NS won (pictured below) the main festival title and Ballyshannon NS the Shield title.
In addition to the winning teams receiving their prizes, each participant in the Debating Festival received a Certificate of Participation to acknowledge their contribution to the overall success of the debating.
The Festival is aimed at senior classes in primary schools, for children aged from 10-12 years
Twenty eight schools from all over the Kildare Education Centre region took part.
Fiona O’Loughlin, TD and Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills, presented the prizes and spoke of the importance of young people forming and expressing their opinion.
She congratulated those debating on the excellent standard of their arguments and their confidence and presentation.