Knockbeg debate team successful

The Knockbeg College Irish debating team successfully have won a place in the the 3rd round of the Gael Linn Irish Debating Competition ‘Comórtas an Phiarsaigh 2013’.

The first round took place on November 14 at home in Knockbeg College.

The captain of the Knockbeg debating team is Michael Whelan, the second speaker is Michael Kennedy, the third speaker is Conor Stapleton and the substitute is Conor Johnston who are all in 3rd year.

The team was organised by Ms. Ní Chuilinn, an Irish teacher in Knockbeg two weeks before the first round.

Three speakers are needed along with a substitute who helps with research on the topic and learns all the speeches if needed as a replacement.

The captain defines the motion and outlines what that the second and third speakers will talk about.

The second and third speakers have to present different arguments as to why they are right as well as rebutting the opposition’s points. The motion of the first debate was ‘Pop culture is a bad culture’ and Knockbeg where arguing the affirmative. Knockbeg progressed from this round along with St. Ciarán’s Collge, Kilkenny.

The motion of second debate was ‘It is right to fire Trapattoni’ and Knockbeg had to oppose this motion. Again, Knockbeg progressed along with St. Ciarán’s to the next round.

Meanwhile, it’s been a busy month with students involved in many activities.

All students participated in the John Paul II awards which is being run in Graiguecullen Parish centre for students in Carlow will have to attend a ceremony along with other schools in Carlow in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow.

Knockbeg senior team played second round match of the league in Dr Cullen park on Wednesday , January 23 against St. Joseph’s, Rochfortbridge in the 2nd round winning by 3 - 10 to 1 - 4.. The final score was 3-10 to 1-4. Aaron Forbes playing well scoring 1-2 with a great goal. Conor Hogan wsa man of the match,.

Our four cross country atletics teams competed in the South Leinster Cross Country Championships run at Clongowes Wood College on Thursday, January 24. John Byrne and Oran O’Flaherty came 1st and 2nd. Kevin Brennnan was 3rd in the senior race.

The transition year classes continued self defence and have learned a new headlock used by security guards. They also learned block kicks.

During the First Aid class on January 15, the teacher thought students about the recovery posi

From Janaury 15/17 there was Irish interviews held for scholarships to go to the Gaeltacht. These ran during long lunch breaks and were interviewed by Ms White and Ms Dunne. This scholarship is an annual event, sponsored by the Parent’s Council.


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