The St. Kilian’s school community is delighted for our 11th class debating team who won the All-Ireland Concern Debate 2017/18!
Approximately 140 schools had entered the competition, which had started 34 years ago and is now the largest debating competition for Secondary School students in Ireland.
Over 100 supporters, consisting of class mates, teachers, family and friends, made their way to The Helix on the evening of 3rd May to watch the St. Kilian’s team take on their opponents, Athlone Community College, who had won the contest more than once in the past.
Leah Fellenz (captain), Oscar Toomey, Aisling Burns and Isabel Van der Voort successfully proposed the motion that “to achieve the SDGs we need to rekindle the spirit of 1968”. The standard of the debate was very high; the students delivered a first-class performance to a packed house and were wonderful ambassadors for St. Kilian’s.
Their prize is a visit to Concern Worldwide’s overseas programme in Kenya, one of the 26 countries where Concern Worldwide works to eliminate poverty.