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Debating & Public Speaking

Debating & Public Speaking

The Ard Scoil community has participated very actively in a number of prestigious public speaking and debating events, including the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition in which we have had national finalists.

In addition, the school has traditionally participated in Concern School Debates and has a successful history in these debates.

For a bit of the flavour of the public competitions, we include a report below.

Students in Southern Regional Final of Soroptimist International Public Speaking Competition

On Saturday February 25th Ard Scoil na nDéise students Abigail de Souza and Andrea Foley, who had been selected as the Waterford finalists of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition, travelled to Cork for the Southern Regional final of the competition. The event was attended by the Mayor of Cork who welcomed all competitors, adjudicators, Soroptimists and guests.

Firstly, each girl delivered her speech on her chosen topic. Abigail’s topic was “Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we curb our appetites”, a quotation from William Ruckelhous, 1990. Andrea had selected “Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another”, a quotation from G.K. Chesterton.

Impromptu Speaking

The second part of the competition was the very challenging impromptu speech section. Each competitor was given a topic and allowed just two minutes to prepare an impromptu speech which had to last two minutes, not an easy task!! Both our students performed excellently, with great use of humour in their impromptu speeches. We then enjoyed delicious refreshments while the adjudicators concluded their deliberations. To our delight Abigail was selected to proceed to the national final which will be held in Clonmel on Saturday, March 3rd and Andrea (who is currently in the middle of her Pre Leaving exams!) was singled out by the adjudicators for special commendation on her very witty impromptu speech.

Well done to both girls, many thanks to the members of Dungarvan Soroptimists who travelled to Cork to support the students in the event, and a special thank you to Mrs Simons and Mr Veale who helped, encouraged and supported Abigail, Andrea and all our students who recently participated in our school public speaking competition. We wish Abigail the very best of luck as she represents Ard Scoil na nDéise in the national final next week.

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