PIPER’S HILL COLLEGE DEBATING SOCIETY NEWS
12th December 2019
LIAM O’CONNELL DEBATE 2019
Seán Gallagher, David Burrowes and Matthew Morrin took part in the Liam O’Connell debate on Monday 2nd December. It was held in the council chamber in Áras Cill Dara. The motion before them was The Legal Age for Purchase of Alcohol is Perversely Supporting the Unhealthy Drinking Culture in our Country. Seán, Matthew and David opposed the motion.
Judge Desmond Zaidan chaired the debate and seven schools took part.
The Piper’s Hill team, captained by Seán Gallagher, won the debate.
20th November 2019
The junior debating teams have gotten off to a great start in their participation in the BARKER AND JONES NAAS LEAGUE.
Their first debate was away in CBS where they opposed the motion ‘Drugs Are A Greater Threat To Young People Than Alcohol’. The Piper’s Hill team comprising of Nicole McFadden (Captain), Abhay Malhotra and Chloe Velayo won the argument.
Yesterday Piper’s Hill took on a team from St. Mary’s. The motion before them was ‘Vaccinations Should Be Compulsory’. Both teams were highly commended on the excellent content of their speeches and their use of many rebuttals. Piper’s Hill, who hosted and proposed the motion, emerged as the victors.
Their team: Chloe Valeyo (Captain), Abhay Malhotra and Louise Byrne.
On Thursday 7th November Ailish Corrigan represented the school at the Soroptimist Public Speaking competition in Clane. She was highly commended for her speech entitled Good Mental Health is Fundamental for Thriving in Life.
On December 2nd, a team of 5th and 6th years: Sean Gallagher, Matthew Morrin and David Burrowes, will take part in an the Liam O Connell Schools Debate in Aras Cill Dara. The motion will be ‘The legal age for purchase of Alcohol is perversely supporting the unhealthy drinking culture in our Country’.
Five teams will support the proposition and five will oppose with each team giving an opening statement to outline their case followed by an open rebuttal session.
District Court Judge Zaidan will chair the session.
2nd May 2019
Kate Hayes from Barker and Jones presents a newly commissioned trophy to Piper’s Hill, winners of the Naas Debating League at an awards ceremony in Piper’s Hill.
Team : Jade Horan, Nicole McFadden (Captain) and Abhay Malhotra.
4th April 2019
On Tuesday 2nd April the Piper’s Hill College’s junior debating team won the final debate of the Naas Debating League. The motion was ‘Prayer Of Any Form Should Be Prohibited In Schools.’ CBS opposed this motion. The Piper’s Hill team were Nicole McFadden (captain), Juileta Garcia and Abhay Malhotra. Abhay also picked up an award for Best Speaker.
Since October 2019, the team have debated four times against teams from St. Mary’s and CBS.
The motions were “Testing On Animals Can Never Be Justified”, “This House Believes People Who Don’t Vote Should Be Fined” and “Technology Is A Weapon Of Mass Destruction”.
They won 3 of the 4 debates with Nicole McFadden also picking up a Best Speaker award along the way. The team are now the overall winners of the Naas League.
On Thursday 2nd May, Piper’s Hill will host an awards ceremony for this competition. All 3 schools will be represented and Barker and Jones, who are sponsoring the event, will present the trophy.
23RD JANUARY 2019
The junior debating team, Nicole McFadden (Captain), Abhay Malhotra and Jade Horan were successful in winning their debate yesterday in St Mary’s. They opposed the motion ‘People Should Be fined For Not Voting’. In the open forum, while the adjudicators were marking their scores, the Piper’s Hill team held their own as they were quizzed by audience members on the content of their speeches. All six speakers delivered excellent content with flair and confidence.
The same Piper’s Hill team were also successful in their debate on the 4th December in CBS. That motion was “Technology Is A Weapon Of Mass Destruction”. The participants were all 1st or 2nd year students and a senior student from each school acted as the adjudicating panel. The home team, CBS, proposed the motion.
Thank you to our loyal supporters and to Sean Gallagher and Matthew Morrin for adjudicating and to Mick who for many years has safely dropped our teams off to venues both near and far.
Pictured below TEAM: NICOLE McFADDEN (2nd year). JADE HORAN (1st year). ABHAY MALHOTRA (1st year) IN CBS.
Team and supporters at CBS